Christmas Bells


On Christmas Day, 1863, in the midst of a war that was ripping apart the very country his own forefathers had sacrificed to create – a war that was stretching his own personal faith in God to its very limit – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned words to a new poem. This Christmas, in the face of what looks like a world being ripped apart by that same kind of evil, may the solace and renewed faith that Longfellow found and shared be rekindled in your heart as well through his words:

“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 th’unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
‘There is…

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3 thoughts on “Christmas Bells

  1. This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. One doesn’t hear it all that much, but I have on a CD. Beautiful haunting. Thank you for sharing who wrote and when. I didn’t know the story. Blessings, Denise


    1. I’m so glad the post blessed you. Actually, the whole poem is longer than what I included, and there are references to other sorrows in his life, because he had just lost his wife in a fire a year or two previously as well. But he found solace in the truth that God’s love and power is still going to overcome all evil.

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