Friday, December 24, 2010

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Christmas Bells



"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!


And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


Then from each black accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


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!"

6 comments:

Carol said...

I can just hear (and feel) that big ol' bell!

Yes, peace on earth, good-will to men (and women - and all creatures)!

oasis0ftruths said...

As salamu alaykum sister,

JazakAllahu khair for your comment (and explanation) on my post about Allama Khomeini.

I took it off because I realized it was harsh and it probably came off as arrogant and rude. Astghfirullah.

Although, I'm still a bit unsure as to why he receives that title...I will take up on your suggestion and ask via the comments section on Islamic Insights as to why he is referred to as such.

JazakAllahu khair for the grounding comment. I really appreciate it.

<3

otowi said...

wa alaaykum salaam wr wb

I did a quick search online and it seems the title was applied to him by people in Iran because it means "leader" and he was considered the leader of the Islamic Revolution.

But of course you don't have to use it!

Personally, maybe because I came after the revolution and his life, never fully understood the degrees people felt for him.

oasis0ftruths said...

As salamu alaykum sis,

In reply to your comment on my post: I definitely agree that if she's not open-minded there may be no point. But she did share a lot of ahadith (whether they are authentic or not, I'm not sure yet) that I have not come across yet. Especially since getting our hands on Al Kafi and other Shi'a hadith books is difficult for the regular person.

So, in one way, it is a learning process for myself. And in another way, by sharing it on my blog, someone may come across it and hopefully, inshaAllah, shed some layers of hatred and prejudices.

And I definitely told her that she can't learn about Shi'a Islam from Wahabis and I gave her a general analogy between non-Muslims and Muslims.

Insha'Allah khair. I mean even if she doesn't care to learn, at least she can't say no one ever presented her the other perspective. There's no room to feign ignorance.

otowi said...

Asalaam Alaaykum

Well, just be aware that it is possible that nonsense hadith are in those books - in fact, I know there are. You see, Shia hadith collectors did not try to make "sahih" books - we don't believe any hadith collection is perfect. Rather, they preserved all that they found including the chain of narration and the hadith scientists grade the hadith based on a variety of factors like who the narrators are, how many times it is narrated, by how many different people it is narrated, etc. So weak/erroneous hadith are preserved and their presence in a hadith book does not mean that Shia actually believe in the validity of that hadith!

oasis0ftruths said...

Wa alaykum as salam,

Most definitely. =] JazakAllahu khair for the advice. I had actually been told that by another friend very briefly and I think yesterday read more on it on al-islam.org. Well, it was just specifically about Al-Kafi but I know it applies to all hadith books. We don't have any sihahs. =]