1. I heard the bells on Christmas dayTheir old familiar carols play,And wild and sweet the words repeatOf peace on earth, good will to men.
2. I thought how, as the day had come,The belfries of all ChristendomHad rolled along th’unbroken songOf peace on earth, good will to men.
3. And in despair I bowed my head:“There is no peace on earth,” I said,“For hate is strong and mocks the songOf peace on earth, good will to men.”
4. 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.”
5. 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!
Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807–1882Music: John Baptiste Calkin, 1827–1905
- Hymn Number
- John Baptiste Calkin, 1827–1905.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807–1882.
- Luke 2:14, Doctrine and Covenants 3:1–3
- Irregular meter
- The First Noel