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Christmas Bells
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Hattie Howard


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Ring out, O bells, in joyful chime!
Again we hail the Christmas time;
In melting, mellow atmosphere,
The crown and glory of the year.
When bitterness, distrust, and awe
Dissolve, like ice in winter's thaw,
Beneath the genial touches of
Amenity, good will, and love.
When flowers of affection grow,
Like edelweiss mid alpine snow,
In lives severe and beautiless,
Unused to warmth or tenderness.
Let goodness, grace, and gratitude
Revive in music's interlude,
And pæan notes, till time shall cease,
Proclaim the blessed reign of peace.
Ring, Christmas bells! for at the sound
Sweet memories of Him abound
Who laid aside a diadem
To be the babe of Bethlehem.

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Despite extensive research, we have been unable to learn anything about Hattie Howard beyond the fact that she published several books with Case, Lockwood & Brainard and seems to have been a well-known poet in Hartford, Connecticut during the early 1900s.

 


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rhonasheridan:
A delightful poem. But I do not quite get the meaning of the last two lines.
Posted 12/27/2016 05:03 AM


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