152. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

1 I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace of earth, good will to men.

2 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.

3 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."

4 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."

5 Then 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.

Text Information
First Line: I heard the bells on Christmas day
Title: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Author: Henry W. Longfellow
Publication Date: 1986
Meter: L. M.
Topic: Christ: Birth
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: WALTHAM
Composer: Jean Baptiste Calkin
Meter: L. M.
Key: E♭ Major



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