143
I Heard the Bells
Words by Henry W. Longfellow
Music by J. Baptiste Calkin

Luke 2:14
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men."

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          I heard the bells on Christmas day
          Their old familiar carols play,
          And wild 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 rolled along th' unbroken song,
          Of peace on earth, goodwill 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, 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."

          Till, ringing, singing on its way,
          The world revolved from night to day,
          A voice, a chime, a chant subline,
          Of peach on earth goodwill to men.


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