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!
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."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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June said...

Looks like he's hunkered down!

Wanda said...

Perfect photo of a Peaceful Dove!

leonnybg said...

Поздрави за снимката и стиха. Поздрав от БГ.

Mimi said...

Peace on earth, on a branch, is what he seems to be experiencing.
Glad the oil arrived safely and hope you enjoy it Kerri.

Appalachian Lady said...

I love the photo--he's trying to keep warm. We have a lot of mourning doves at our house too.

Patrina said...

Amen! Kerri. Such a beautiful peaceful sight to see. thank you for sharing.

Andy Wilson said...

Great photo

The Early Birder said...

Seasons Greetings Kerri and all you wish for 2010. Frank.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is such a beautiful song.The last words are especially good,'God is not dead nor doth He sleep'.I am thankful for that.
Merry Christmas,Ruth

Steve Borichevsky said...

In case I don’t have a chance to say it later, Merry Christmas Kerri!

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

Awe ... precious dove, this is lovely!

John Roberts said...

Merry Christmas, Kerri!

Jayne said...

Merry Christmas Kerri!

Mary said...

Always one of my favorite Christmas songs/poems. Your dove is lovely and peace is what we all need and want.

Viveca Koh LRPS said...

Lovely image and words to go with it - Merry Christmas!

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