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I heard the bells on 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.


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.


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 hearth-stones
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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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1864
      Bible Refs: Lk 2:13-14;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1956# 78
      # 152
      MUSIC
      Name: WALTHAM
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1872
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 152Eb
        # 78Eb
        # 446Eb
        # 496Eb
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)

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