“There is no peace on earth,” I said…

This particular poem/Christmas carol by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867 is very appropriate today, in light of the events in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday…

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 the 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.
“Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867

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