I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

This particular video is mostly narration, but I love it for the history and drama of this great song. To me, this is the “It Is Well” of Christmas hymns. Written by a man who faced tragedy in his personal life yet who found his peace in Jesus Christ.

Micah 5:5 And He will be their peace.

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 rolled along th-unbroken song
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, 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.”

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.

Words: Henry W. Longfellow
Music: John Calkin

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