Nov 9, 2011
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day / Peace On Earth with the back-story of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, set with Civil War and Iraq War images.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” – Luke 2:14
One of the most familiar carols we hear during the holidays is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The story behind the song, based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is very interesting.
In 1860, Longfellow was at the peak of his success as a poet. Abraham Lincoln had just been elected President, giving hope to many in the nation. But things soon turned dark for America and for Longfellow, personally. The Civil War began the following year, and Longfellow’s wife died of severe burns after her dress caught fire. Longfellow sustained severe burns on his hands and face from trying to save…
View original post 328 more words