As we rejoice in the company of family and friends this holiday season, partaking of sumptuous meals in our warm and cosy homes, may we remember those war weary souls who have fought and are still fighting for freedom - freedom of religion, freedom of individuality, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and association and so much more.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his poem at the time of the Civil War in the USA. He was heartbroken over the loss of his wife and the injury sustained by his son in the war. He heard the church bells ringing on Christmas Day, yet he could not understand why we continue to wage war. He writes:
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
- "For hate is strong,
- And mocks the song
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
- The Wrong shall fail,
- The Right prevail,