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First Line: I heard the bells on christmas day
Last Line: "with peace on earth, good will to men."
Variant Title(s): The Chant Sublime;the Unbroken Song;peace On Earth
Subject(s): Bells; Christmas; Christmas Carols; Nativity, The


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 day to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
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."






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