The movie I Heard the Bells is the true story behind the Christmas carol and the man who wrote it, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow was affectionately known by the public as “America’s Poet”, inspiring the country with his work. The movie takes place during the period in his life when our nation was divided by the Civil War. Happily married with six children and doing the work he loved, everything changes for him when tragedy strikes in his family. It’s an excellent movie and below is the trailer…
These are the lyrics of I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, taken from the poem Longfellow wrote in 1864:
I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY 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!
This Christmas carol reflects the emotions Longfellow felt after experiencing profound grief. His faith was made stronger by tragedy and he writes, “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, goodwill to men.” His story is inspiring and full of hope—a perfect message for this Christmas season!
Wishing you all a hopeful, joyful, peaceful Christmas!