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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by McGuinn

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Lyrics: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) (Composer: John Baptiste Calkin, music originally "Waltham")

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 slee; 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.

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