A wonderful time of the year!
One of America’s greatest poets, notes Belmonte, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, captured the way that hope, in the child Jesus, prevailed – and how hope became our everlasting song. Longfellow wrote:
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!"