I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

In the propaganda warfare against the South, the writers and poets of the religio-social self appointed liberal elite took every opportunity to blame the South for the national tragedy of war. In 1861, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem during a time of personal depression, after the tragic death of his second wife and while worrying about his son in the Union Army. In this poem, he again expressed his feelings of blame toward the South. This poem was later set to music and became a popular Christmas carol, I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day. Some of the original verses which are quoted below are generally omitted form modern hymn books.

....Cultures In Conflict by Rev. Charles A. Jennings

'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day'

I heard the bells on Christmas Day,
Their old familiar carols play,
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 heath 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!

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