“The Wrong Shall Fail, the Right Prevail”

For American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Christmas of 1863 was surrounded by overwhelming tragedy. The recently widowed Longfellow received word that his oldest son, Charles, had been wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church during the Civil War.

As war tore apart both his country and his family, Longfellow penned the timeless words, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” 150 years later, Longfellow’s poem still reminds us that, one day, “The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

This Christmas season, as we face both tragedy and uncertainty, may we, too, have this hope. For we know that one day, the Prince of Peace is coming again and He will bring peace on earth. (Rev 22:20)

 

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

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!

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.”

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