Noël: « I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day » (Casting Crowns/2008):


« I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day » is a Christmas carol based on the 1863 poem « Christmas Bells » by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Origin

During the American Civil War, Longfellow’s oldest son Charles Appleton Longfellow joined the Union cause as a soldier without his father’s blessing. Longfellow was informed by a letter dated March 14, 1863, after Charles had left. « I have tried hard to resist the temptation of going without your leave but I cannot any longer, » he wrote. « I feel it to be my first duty to do what I can for my country and I would willingly lay down my life for it if it would be of any good ».[2] Charles soon got an appointment as a lieutenant but, in November 1862, he was severely wounded[3] in the Battle of New Hope Church (in Virginia) during the Mine Run Campaign. Coupled with the recent loss of his wife Frances, who died as a result of an accidental fire, Longfellow was inspired to write « Christmas Bells ».

He wrote the poem on Christmas Day in 1862.[4] « Christmas Bells » was first published in February 1865 in Our Young Folks, a juvenile magazine published by Ticknor and Fields.[5] It was not until 1872 that the poem is known to have been set to music. The English organist, John Baptiste Calkin, used the poem in a processional accompanied with a melody he previously used as early as 1848.[3]

Versions

The Calkin version of the carol is the most popular. Elvis Presley, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Jimmie Rodgers have recorded this version. Less commonly, the poem has also been set to the 1845 composition « Mainzer » by Joseph Mainzer. Johnny Marks, known for his song « Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer », set Longfellow’s poem to music in the 1950s. Marks’ version has been recorded by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians, Ed Ames, Kate Smith, Frank Sinatra, Sarah McLachlan, Pedro the Lion, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash, The Carpenters, MercyMe, and Bing Crosby. Marks’ composition is now generally accepted as the de facto version and is generally what is used for modern recordings of the song, though Calkin’s version is still heard as well.

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In 2008, Mark Hall, lead vocalist of Casting Crowns, recorded his own arrangement, which was released on their Christmas album, Peace On Earth.

Musique:

Lyrics:

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet their songs repeat
Of peace on earth good will to men

And the bells are ringing
Like a choir they’re singing
In my heart I hear them
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

But the bells are ringing
Like a choir singing
Does anybody hear them?
Peace on earth, good will to men

Then rang 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

Then 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

And the bells they’re ringing
Like a choir they’re singing
And with our hearts we’ll hear them
Peace on earth, good will to men

Do you hear the bells they’re ringing?
The life the angels singing
Open up your heart and hear them
Peace on earth, good will to men

Peace on earth, Peace on earth
Peace on earth, Good will to me

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