Thursday, December 25, 2008

I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY



A shared thought on Christmas Day!

"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" was written on December 25, 1863, when the American Civil War was at its height.

H
enry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), the famous American poet, was saddened by the horrors of this conflict, for "hate seemed overstrong at the moment." His son, who was serving as a lieutenant in the Union Army at the time, had just been wounded.


When Longfellow heard the Christmas bells ringing, he came to the realization, from the depths of his despair, that "God is not dead, nor doth He sleep." He believed that God was powerful enough to overcome the world's strife, and that one day He would bring peace and goodwill to earth.


I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet the words repeat,

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men.


I thought how as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had roll'd along th' unbroken song

Of peace on earth, goodwill 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, goodwill 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, goodwill to men."


'Til ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime ....

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!

Nation shall not lift up
sword against nation,
neither
shall they learn war anymore."


Isaiah 2:4


MERRY CHRISTMAS
!

May the Prince of Peace fill your heart with
His peace that transcends all understanding!



2 comments:

MonchMonch said...

Late na yata ang posting mo na 'to. I know everyday is Christmas day to you! I heard you had a lot of fun sa Christmas Party 'nyo. Sold out daw lalo ang New Year's Eve celebration 'nyo. I was hoping to come, pero I had some visitors, too!

Monchet said...

Ding dong merrily on high December bells are ringing... ding dong merrily the sky...