Dec 25, 2011

Merry Christmas -- Quotes -- Poem

For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. 
-- John Greenleaf Whittier



Christmas is a time when you get homesick – even when you’re home. -- Carol Nelson
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! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Christmas Bells
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Written on Christmas Day 1863)

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.”


Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room