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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (1807-1882), was a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He was a Poet, critic, and Professor of English Literature at Harvard. Longfellow’s most famous poem is considered to be The Song of Hiawatha. This poem, Christmas Bells, was written by Longfellow during the American Civil war and was actually about the tragedy one felt during the civil war.

 

‘Christmas Bells’

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!

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!