I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

 

Lyrics

  1. 1. 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.

  2. 2. 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.

  3. 3. 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.”

  4. 4. 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.”

  5. 5. 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!

Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807–1882

Music: John Baptiste Calkin, 1827–1905