Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Hymn

During this season where we celebrate the birth of Christ, I have found this hymn to be encouraging. It is one of my favorite Christmas hymns--what a great reminder that during a time where people are killing each other, there is much hate, "God is NOT dead, nor doth he sleep" May you be encouraged by it as well. I have included the history of the song at the bottom.

I heard the bells on Christmas day,

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men

I thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along, th'un broken song

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men

And in despair I bowed my head:

"There is no peace on earth" I sald,

"For hate is strong, and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, goodwill 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, goodwill to men"

Tilll, ringing, singing on its way,

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime, a chant sublime

Of peace on earth, goodwill to men

Written in 1864 by Henry Longfellow. His wife, while cooking dinner, managed to catch her

dress on fire from the stove. Unable to put it out, the rest of the house caught fire, burned 

down and Henry's wife perished. In addition to this, he was informed that his son who was

 serving in the union army (without his fathers blessing) was severely wounded. In despair at

 Christmas time while walking outside, he heard bells ringing nearby pealing a Christmas

hymn. Pulled from his slump and given new encouragement, he was inspired to write this 

hymn of peace on earth and goodwill to men.

Edit: Sadly, I cannot remember the source to this story . A lengthier version is available  by doing a simple Google search.


  1. What a beautiful story. Do you think the date for the writing of this hymn is wrong?

  2. Ah, you have a good eye, I did not catch this before! I think I copied and pasted (and sadly,didn't put the source. :( ) I should have looked it over more closely. I will edit it right away.