Longfellow's Carol

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  1. The Galatian

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    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 bow'd 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!


    This carol was originally a poem written by Longfellow, still grieving from his wife's tragic death in a fire, and shortly after hearing that his son, a lt. in the Army of the Potomac, had been seriously wounded in combat.

    Whenever I think of how bad things are, this time of year, I think of Longfellow and his poem.
     
  2. Gina B

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    Thanks for sharing that, quite thought provoking.
    Gina
     
  3. church mouse guy

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    One of my favorites, too. I posted it last year. It has a couple of verses that are left out of hymnals, according to Cyber Hymnal. (That's a "dot org")
     
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    There were two other verses that specifically referred to the Civil War, but they don't do much for the poem as a carol, and were not used when it was set to music.
     

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