Tuesday Tunes – I Heard the Bells

I’m going to take my Tuesday Tunes post on a different angle this week. Usually I post a great song to workout to that you might be able to add to your library of music. Well, not this week. This week I’m doing a Christmas song.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I don’t know if many of you know the history behind the song, but I found this information on Wikipedia and in a book my mom has.

It says that during the Civil War, Longfellow’s oldest son joined the Union cause as a soldier without his father’s approval/blessing. Henry was informed of this via a letter from his son. “I have tried hard to resist the temptation of going without your leave but I cannot any longer,” he wrote. “I feel it to be my first duty to do what I can for my country and I would willingly lay down my life for it if it would be of any good”. Henry’s son was severely wounded in the Battle of New Hope Church in Virginia.

Wikipedia states “Coupled with the recent loss of his wife Frances, who died as a result of an accidental fire, Longfellow was inspired to write “Christmas Bells”.

I find that one of the verses of this song really fits what has happened in the world lately, with the shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut.

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!”


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