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.
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© 2008 Joel Mabus