Peace on earth, good-will to men

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Here’s a beauty, my favorite for the season, courtesy of Henry W. Longfellow, with music by John Gorka. Can it really be almost 25 years since John recorded this for Windham Hill? There’s also this excellent cover by John Elrod that I just found.

Christmas Bells, John Gorka

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!
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!”
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.”
Peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Abridged, Henry W. Longfellow, 1864

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