Archive for December 24th, 2016

With Peace on Earth


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!”

–Henry Wadworth Longfellow, Christmas Bells


The lines above are the last two stanzas of a poem Longfellow wrote in 1863 during the height of the American Civil War.  Several years later, in 1872, the poem was incorporated into the Christmas carol we know as I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

I am hoping that the last three lines hold true for us going into the future.

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