I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

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    christmas bellMany musicians and writers of poetry will admit that some of their finest work comes when they have experienced a death or a tragedy of some kind, that the writing of poetry has an almost cathartic effect on the writer.

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    Such is the case of one of the best known and most beloved carols associated with Christmas, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” which came from the pen of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and was written on Christmas Day, 1864.

    If you  are not familiar with the poem, take a moment this morning and reflect

    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:

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