I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day “Hope”

I heard the bells on Christmas day,
Their old familiar carols play,
And mild and sweet, their songs repeat,
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.

And then, I heard my Savior say:
“Your new life will begin today,
For Hope’s long, I’ll carry you on,
To peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then rang the bells more loud and deep,
God is not dead, nor does he sleep,
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.

Then 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.

Excerpt from Poem by: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882 (Public Domain)
Third stanza added by: ElRoy

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