Saturday, December 20, 2008

December 21

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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.

And 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.

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.

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.”

2 comments:

belcigno said...

I know a lot of people think this poem is depressing, but I really like it. I think it is very realistic because it shows that humanity often does not feel very joyful; but we can nonetheless have peace through Him.

irden juca said...

perfect poem/song by JoC.
I am happy to have another poem here that you guys sing, this way, this is one more I have worked on the translation.
Thanks for picking this one. Bless ya fren.