“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.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~ February 27, 1807 - March 24, 1882 was an American poet and educator. He predominantly wrote lyric poems which are known for their musicality and which often presented stories of mythology and legend.
O Come All Ye Faithful ~ This traditional carol's beginnings are unclear. It appears to have been written in the 13th century by John Francis Wade. The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight. These were translated from the Latin 'Adestes Fideles' to the English version "O Come, All Ye Faithful", by the English Catholic priest, Frederick Oakeley.