Monday, December 24, 2007

Peace On Earth

Peace on Earth. The Prince of Peace on earth.

Christmas Eve 2007, and the the hymn written by the American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1864 was never more fitting. Aghast at the fratricide of the Civil War, and his own son wounded, he wrote:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet, the words repeat, of peace on earth,
Goodwill to men.

(verse four)
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,
Goodwill to men.

(verse five)
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, Goodwill to men.

Wordsworth was right. At a terrible cost, the North won the Civil War. There is no slavery in America today. Discrimination is illegal. Bigotry is despised.

Other countries are still fighting their wars for freedom and equality. May the right prevail.

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