Preserving the Good – 31 Christmas Carols/I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

I’ve loved the tones of The Carpenters for decades, and they don’t disappoint in this version of ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.’ Fifty years ago, on Christmas Day, I received a record player and an album of the Carpenter’s titled ‘Close to You.’ How has time gone by so quickly?

I still have the album. It’s easy now to bring up the old songs sung by the Carpenters on tablet, Fire television or computer, but holding the old album in my hands takes me back to when I unwrapped it all those years ago.

I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY by 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.

I 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.

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.”

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!

7 thoughts on “Preserving the Good – 31 Christmas Carols/I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

  1. Hope you have clear skies and will be able to see the “Christmas star” later this evening. I was right, our skies are overcast so I won’t in all probability be able to witness this event. Enjoy the view and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Hope Santa is good to you. 🙂

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      1. According to Yahoo weather, we are suppose to have cloudless skies around 7 p.m. So I will cross my fingers and hope they accurate. This phenomenon probably won’t happen again in our lifetime – I turn 70 in a few months.

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          1. Timelesslady

            The weather is getting cloudy again. It was nice early in the day. Now the wind is kicking up and the sky is grey. I’m still hoping….I hope you can see it from your home.

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