Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas, and Some Longfellow

Merry Christmas, everyone!  You probably have better things to do today than read blogs (even mine!).  But since you're here, I thought I'd share some awesome Christmas music with you.  (I've always wanted to be able to sing Silent Night and Night of Silence at the same time.  Unfortunately, that isn't possible, so here are some other songs.)


Let's face it...the only reason I put this on here is because of the chime solo.  I love those huge chimes.  I have no idea why. 


Yes, there is a second Josh Groban song here.  As a friend of mine would say, "Live with it!"  Haha. 


The original poem that this song was based off is below.  Isn't it gorgeous?
      
Christmas Bells

   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."

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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