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Merry Christmas -- Quotes -- Poem

Posted Dec 24 2009 8:54pm


Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home. -- Carol Nelson

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! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through, The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. -- John Greenleaf Whittier




From Bob and Dorothy
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Christmas Bells
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Written on Christmas Day 1863)

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!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The 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!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
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.”



From:http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2009/12/merry-christmas-quotes.html
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