Story Behind the Song: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Today a friend shared this post from Our Daily Bread, about the origin of the song, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by one of my favorite poets: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

After losing his wife in 1861 he found Christmas a difficult holiday to celebrate without her. Two years later, during the Civil War his son was seriously injured and Christmas was a sad time again. That was when he wrote this song, with it’s beautiful seventh stanza after several sad and dark verses.

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