‘Christmas Bells’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of the Class of 1825


One of the best known American poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, of the Class of 1825, contributed to the wealth of carols sung each holiday seas0n when he wrote “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” on December 25, 1864.

The carol was originally a poem with seven stanzas. Two stanzas containing references to the American Civil War were omitted, giving us the carol we know in its present form. Read the original seven-stanza composition.



  1. Merry Christmas!
    Thank You for thinking about our illustrious poet,”Longfellow”.
    Look for information in January about Longfellow Days, a month long celebration of Maine poets’ and of course Henry, with lectures,special events and poetry reads throughout the month of February. Angus King will introduce the Poet Laureates of Maine to kick off our celebration on Saturday,February 1st.

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