I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

The words to I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) in 1864. Eight years later John Baptiste Calkin wrote accompanying music, turning Longfellow's poem into a carol. It has long been one of my favourite Christmas poems, and often makes it onto my fridge this time of year. This year, I am trying to figure out how to magnet a recording onto the fridge.
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth
Peace on earth

I thought how as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth
Peace on earth
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
Peace on earth

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
Peace on earth"

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth
Peace on earth
Peace on earth, good will to men