I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Traditional melody)


I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Traditional melody)

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Numerous different musical settings of this poem exist. John Baptiste Calkin's 1872 setting was the standard setting for a long time and was sung by Johnny Cash, Elvis and others. Another famous version was covered by Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. There are also versions by Herbert Brewer and Joseph Mainzer.




About 'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day'

Artist: Traditional Melody
The Artist:Traditional Music of unknown author.
Composed:unknown
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Poem by Henry W. Longfellow, 1864.


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 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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