Christmas Holly & Bells: Fragrance: Craigie House English Garden

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Christmas Bells & Holly

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One of the most significant events that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would have experienced during his lifetime was the severe division of his home country, in the form of the American Civil War. Longfellow himself supported the abolitionist cause, but reportedly wished for peace above all in his home. During the war, Charles Longfellow, Henry Longfellow’s son, fought and was injured, an event which prompted Longfellow to write one of his most remembered poems: ‘Christmas Bells’, which would later become the basis for the Christmas carol, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. Throughout the poem, Longfellow contrastsChristmas with the idea of the war in an honest and memorable way that helps to take the reader into the mind of this troubled father and American during that terrible war.

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.”

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