Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

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.
Till ringing, singing, on it's way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth good will to men.
Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the south
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth good will to men.
It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearthstones of a continent and made forlorn
The households born
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

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