HOLIDAYS: Christmas: 1941

I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! This week, 77 years after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote Christmas Bells in an equally troubled time, the chimes still pealed their message. It came from the tall spires of city churches, echoing off the walls of skyscrapers and through long canyons of street. It came from the tiny iron bells of clapboard churches deep in the nation's farmlands, traveling far & fast over brown, barren...

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