Sunday Morning! “The Bells of Christmas” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Rufus F.

Rufus is a likeable curmudgeon. He has a PhD in History, sang for a decade in a punk band, and recently moved to NYC after nearly two decades in Canada. He wrote the book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (2021).

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  1. fillyjonk says:

    this is hands-down one of my favorite Christmas hymns, because of the acknowledgement of our imperfect (or sometimes downright cursed-seeming) reality, but then that last verse. It was a favorite even in the before-times, when life seemed easier to me than it does now.

    This has been a hard year for many of us, and while of course there are reasons to hope, I find I prefer songs this year that don’t purely paste a happy face over everything.

    I know a number of hymns that are based on the work of the so-called “Fireside Poets,” Whittier is another whose verses have lent themselves to hymn-textsReport

    • Rufus F. in reply to fillyjonk says:

      Me too. Another favorite I keep coming back to this year is Merle Haggard’s “If We Make it Through December,” which is about how some years you’re just aiming not to hate December. If you can do that, It’s enough!Report

  2. Lovely piece. Thank you for sharing it.Report