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I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day - all 7 verses (Longfellow), w story behind the song

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Published on Dec 12, 2009

Some time after 1972 an unknown person dropped 2 Civil-War-related verses from Longfellow's 1863 poem "The Christmas Bells," rearranged the other verses & set them to a tune written by J B Calkin in 1872. In this video, Genie tells how the poem came to be written & sings it to a 1950s tune by Johnny Mark.

CHRISTMAS BELLS
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1863)

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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