A Song of Faith


Christmas Bells

SWEET-SOUNDING bells, blithe summoners to prayer!
From midnight till auspicious day return
Your far re-echoing melody, wind-borne
From dome and tower comes bounding on the air;
As if the mighty voice of Earth were there,
The jubilant cry of multitudes, to warn
Creation that a Saviour-Lord this morn
For all had birth! Far off, and every where,
Swells the harmonious tumult; billowy sound,
Wild, yet concordant; beautifully blending
With the sonorous organ of the wind.
O fortunate indeed! if there be found
Hearts dutiful as voices—souls ascending
To heaven, with love sincere, faith unconfined!

Sonnets. I. Religious and Moral. 15. p. 149