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Christmas Bells
from the album
How Like The Holly

 (Longfellow, Mabus, 3:22) 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the dark poem "Christmas Bells" in 1863 after his son had been seriously wounded as a lieutenant in the Army of the Potomac.  There have been several musical settings over the years. This one is of my own devising, based on a traditional melody I learned from the Waterson family of England. As lyrics to song, the poem is often truncated as it is here. This year, more than most, the sentiment seems to ring true.

Sampled at 56Kbps, this file logs in at about 1,442 KB.

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2008 Joel Mabus