Monday Morning Melody

I was encouraged to include this as today’s hymn of the week due to both the recent events in Connecticut and tomorrow being Christmas. It was written by the well-known American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, on Christmas day in 1864, in the midst of a horrible war between the States.

Though the poem-turned-hymn starts out with words of despair and sorrow, it ends with hope in God, and a reminder of His absolute sovereignty and victory over sin. It is a good reminder for us any time of the year.

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.

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.

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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