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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1864 Music: Tune, WALTHAM, by John Baptiste Calkin,
1872
American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his poem, "Christmas Bells," at the height
of the Civil War in 1863. Against his father's wishes, Longfellow's son joined the war and was
severely wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church in Virginia. Shortly prior to his son's being
wounded, Longfellow's wife had died in a re. Longfellow wrote "Christmas Bells" on
Christmas Day of 1863. The text tells of hearing the bells ring on Christmas Day, but instead of
the message of "peace on earth, good will to men," the message is a strong one of hate that
mocks such a song. The text ends, however, with a nal ringing of the bells that proclaims the
message that God is alive, that right will prevail with peace on earth and good will to men.
There are two stanzas related to the Civil War that are customarily omitted from the hymn:
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!
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Get ready to sing a "Hymn of Resistance" at our 10:10am worship service. Music and background here.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1864 Music: Tune, WALTHAM, by John Baptiste Calkin,
1872
American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his poem, "Christmas Bells," at the height
of the Civil War in 1863. Against his father's wishes, Longfellow's son joined the war and was
severely wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church in Virginia. Shortly prior to his son's being
wounded, Longfellow's wife had died in a re. Longfellow wrote "Christmas Bells" on
Christmas Day of 1863. The text tells of hearing the bells ring on Christmas Day, but instead of
the message of "peace on earth, good will to men," the message is a strong one of hate that
mocks such a song. The text ends, however, with a nal ringing of the bells that proclaims the
message that God is alive, that right will prevail with peace on earth and good will to men.
There are two stanzas related to the Civil War that are customarily omitted from the hymn:
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!
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As you have probably heard, tomorrow is the first day of Advent. My family tradition when I was a child was to always put up our decorations over Thanksgiving weekend, and then on the first Sunday, we would turn the lights on. We also did our own Advent wreath, and did our devotional readings each morning before my brother and I would get on the bus to go to school. Do you have any Nativity sets that you would like to take photos and share with your church family? We would love to see them, and hear your stories about them. ... See MoreSee Less

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Atchison United Methodist Church
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This week we discuss the epilogue of the book, "Falling on Our Knees" in Epiphany. ... See MoreSee Less

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This Sunday, November 29 we begin an Advent Bible Study via zoom, check it out! ... See MoreSee Less

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Good morning friends. As you can see, the Advent wreath is very simple to make!! I did add some extra greenery that I had at home, along with a votive cup for my Christ Candle because, well, it is special. Use your imagination...this is your personal wreath, and it can be as simple, or as elaborate as you want to make it. Peace be with you, my friends!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanksgiving Message to the Great Plains Conference ... See MoreSee Less

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Advent 2020 ... See MoreSee Less

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Atchison United Methodist Church
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