I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | I heard the bells on Christmas Day

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poems | Christmas Poems

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the American poet from the 1800s was one of the most read poets of his time. Despite continued criticism and allegations of plagiarism, idea-theft, Longfellow remained America’s favourite poet, specially among the children. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was also known as the ‘Children’s Poet’ considering much of his work was popular and admired among kids.

Here’s a list of poetic collections by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

  • Voices of the night
  • Ballads and Other Poems
  • Poems on Slavery
  • The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems
  • The Seaside and the Fireside
  • The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Courtship of Miles Standish and Other Poems
  • Tales of a Wayside Inn
  • Also included Birds of Passage
  • Household Poems
  • Flower-de-Luce
  • Three Books of Song
  • The Masque of Pandora and Other Poems
  • Kéramos and Other Poems
  • Ultima Thule
  • In the Harbor
  • Michel Angelo: A Fragment

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also known for publishing several translated works of noted writers like Dante’s Divine Comedy, and Coplas de Don Jorge Manrique. In this post, we bring to you a special poem titled ‘I heard the bells on Christmas day’ written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Now being the holiday season and festive fervour all around us, we have created a series of ‘Christmas poems’ that add joy to the spirit of Christmas. Read all the Christmas poems here. If you like this post, do not forget to share it with your friends. We wish you a Merry Christmas and leave you with this amazing poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | I heard the bells on Christmas Day

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day | Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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!’

We hope you liked this poem. Did you notice the amazing lyrical quality of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s work. This is what makes his poems a treat to read and add to the spirit of the festival.

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