“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem “Christmas Bells” by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song tells of the narrator’s despair, upon hearing Christmas bells, that “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men”. The carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among mankind.
There have been times I have dug this out of my purse/wallet/pocket/desk a dozen times in one morning....there were times I woke up in the middle of the night clutching hold of it on wrinkled, tear-stained paper....and, then there are times when I go days or weeks without reading...no matter the span of time between, my heart holds it...
Annie Johnson Flint (1866 – 1932) Orphaned before the age of six, adopted, and later in her teens afflicted with painful, crippling arthritis. She began to write poetry and often gave her poems as gifts to friends. As her poems became more widely known, many were set to music. She wrote the hymn "He Giveth More Grace" from her personal experiences.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.