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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Sight & Sound's original cover of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,"
performed by actress Rachel Day Hughes.
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 roll'd along th' unbroken song
Of Peace on earth, good will 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, 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."

About This Song
On Christmas day in 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was inspired to write the poem we now know as the Christmas carol, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. It was a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

With the death of his wife in 1861 and the severe wounding of his son in the Civil War in 1863, Longfellow had fallen into a deep depression.

After retrieving his son from a hospital in Washington, they arrived back at their Cambridge home, and a grim Longfellow set about the months-long process of trying to nurse his son back to health.

The circumstances challenged his resolve, but he was inspired when he heard the bells. He found in them a message that peace would come again to the troubled nation. They inspired him to write the poem, Christmas Bells.
The article this excerpt was taken from was
written by the staff of the New England Historical Society
Click here to read the entire article

I Heard the Bells
Learn the history of how Henry Wadsworth Longfellow came to write this song

Experience I HEARD THE BELLS this holiday season in this debut feature
by Sight & Sound Films. To learn more, visit www.iheardthebellsmovie.com

A blessed and wonderful Christmas to all of you.

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