The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Bell

Words: Clinton Scollard
Vocal Recording: MP3 / OGG

Source: Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833-1908).  An American Anthology, 1787-1900.  1900.
Located at A Bell,
Accessed November 16, 2006.

HAD I the power    
To cast a bell that should from some grand tower,    
At the first Christmas hour,    
And fling
A jubilant message wide,    
The forgėd metals should be thus allied:—    
No iron Pride,    
But soft Humility, and rich-veined Hope    
Cleft from a sunny slope;
And there should be    
White Charity,    
And silvery Love, that knows not Doubt nor Fear,    
To make the peal more clear;    
And then to firmly fix the fine alloy,
There should be Joy!

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