Merry Christmas To You All!

Taken in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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, good-will to men!"

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, good will to men!

- Excerpt from "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


  1. I absolutely love Longfellow. His poetry is simple and beautiful and inspiring.

    Merry Christmas!!

  2. Barb - I agree! I just love him and this is my all-time favorite Christmas song!

  3. Beautiful poem... Wishing you and your family a wonderful, peaceful and blessed Christmas. Thank you for all your support and lovely comments. Joyeux Noël xo

  4. Do you know the story behind the poem? It was such a tragic time for Longfellow, and with all that he was going through, he still said that there was peace on earth. It's my favorite too.

  5. Mademoiselle - Thank you so much! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your family and friends! Thanks for always being so kind with your comments! xo

    Eileen - Yes, I know his story well. Have read a lot about him. His home is not far from where I live. I felt such a spirit about his home. Saw where his wife was burned, where she died, and could sense his deep love for her. I love Longfellow so much!

  6. These words have been on my mind the past few weeks! They seem especially appropriate and touching this holiday season. So neat that his home and that history is right where where you live.

  7. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!! I love the pictures!! I remember when you FIRST started taking pictures with your first new fancy camera :) Those were back in the old Blogging days :) -- before Facebook took over :) haha!!!

  8. Beautiful. photo and Longfellow's words.
    Hope you're enjoying Christmas break with your family.

  9. Megan - Me too. This whole poem and song have been with me especially strong this season. When you come back to NE, you'll have to go to the Longfellow house! It's one of my favorites.

    Leeann - Thank you! I really did. Hope you did too!

    Merrianne - Thanks! Had a great Christmas. Looks like you did too! Yeah, those for sure were the old blogging days.

    Jenny - Thank you! I am so enjoying being lazy with my family. And we just got a beautiful snow last night. I'm in heaven.

  10. I love this. What beautiful and perfect words. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Hope you and your family had a merry Christmas! And a fantastic new year. I am busy at work on your painting! Cant wait to show you when I get it complete! :D