Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Favorite Christmas Carol

There are a lot of wonderful Christmas carols and songs, but my favorite is "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I continue to pray for peace and good will!

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

1 comment:

James Hill, Jr. said...

Yeah, you completely won me over a few years ago - I don't always admit that readily, do I? :)

However, I do not like that the Baptist Hymnal rearranges the verses from Longfellow's original poem. The stanza which begins "Till, ringing singing..." should be stanza 3. The song/poem should end with the stanza which begins "Then pealed the bells..." I think it is much more powerful the original way.

Are you familiar with the history of the song and the personal nature of it for Longfellow? I used it in a sermon a couple of years ago.