The following is a Carol written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is about the narrator's despair upon hearing Christmas bells during the American Civil War in 1863. The Carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for the peace among men.
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 subline of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black, accused mouth the cannon thundered in the South,
and with the sound the carols drowned of peace on earth, good-will to men!
It was as if an earthquake rent the hearth-stones of a continent, and made forlorn the households born 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!"
Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, prosperous New Year to you and yours.