Christmas Bells by olivetreeann

Christmas Bells

I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1867

I heard the bells on Christmas Day,
Their old familiar carols play.
And wild and sweet the words repeat,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom,
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head,
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men."

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Well, I know they're not exactly the right bells for the poem, but that's what jumped into my mind as I uploaded the picture. It's hard to believe this poem is over 100 years old. The words sound like it was written this year!
Very cool
December 14th, 2011  
i could almost hear the tintinnabulation of these little bells. well, in fact, i have the same bells hanging down my front door. just on the weekend i used the word "tintinnabulation" when i was talking to my little grandson darren. he kind of liked that word. but now the poem "the bells" by edgar allan poe comes to mind and i shall go and google it so i can refresh the old brain. but i love mr. longfellow, too! nice perspective and processing, ann. and thanks for the poem. bells! bells! bells! :-)
December 14th, 2011  
A beautiful song, one of my favorites of the season. Nice editing
December 14th, 2011  
This photo and the processing are beautiful. Just love the color tones. Those words are timeless . . and always will be.
December 14th, 2011  
I have some just like this, been looking at them trying to decide how to photo them, you took a great perspective and processing, I forget to do that!
December 14th, 2011  
I love those words they are so wonderful
December 14th, 2011  
@kerristephens Thank you Kerri!
@summerfield Thank you Summerfield- my my such big words! Impressive!
@digitalrn Thank you Rick!
@karenann Thank you Karenann!
@httpgeffed Thanks Colleen- the other way I had considered was to take them off and curl them up in a coil. I think they'd look pretty interesting that way.
@bkbinthecity Thanks bkb!

Thanks to all- since the original was slightly blurry (because of me, not the camera) I decided to process it in the posterize effect. It really made the difference.
December 14th, 2011  
Photos and poetry are just great together!
December 14th, 2011  
Nice composition and cool processing!
December 14th, 2011  
It's getting close! Merry Christmas
December 14th, 2011  
I like the edit, perfect with the carol!
December 14th, 2011  
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep"
Thanks for the reminder Anne!
December 14th, 2011  
@yomamabinrotten Thanks Wyoming!
@alia_801 Thanks Alia!
@stinkypete Thanks Pete- and a Merry Christmas to you and yours too!
@geertje Thank you Geertje!
@cortens Thank you Julie- and thank you Mr. Longfellow. We all need that reminder from time to time!
December 14th, 2011  
great shot, love the message too :D
December 14th, 2011  
who's to say the bells are not right - i feel they are - i love this
December 14th, 2011  
Puts me in the Christmas mood....we don't hear or see sleighbells in our neck of the woods. Alas, I've never been on a sleighride. Awesome shot and carol to go with it!
December 15th, 2011  
@hinkipunk94 Thank you Sophie!
@adobewaters Thanks Adobe- well, they're jingle bells not church bells, but as you can see that didn't stop me from posting the poem!
December 15th, 2011  
@cimes1 Thanks Carole- we don't hear a lot of sleighbells either- but these ring when I open the door. I have never been on a sleigh ride either. )o:
December 15th, 2011  
Great poem for this time of year. I ike the way you've rendered these bells very much!
December 17th, 2011  
@kloud Thank you Bonnie- the original was ever so slightly out of focus and I was just too lazy to go and retake it- so I put it through the posterize effect. Confessions of a lazy photographer.
December 18th, 2011  
nicely done
December 22nd, 2011  
@crickle1969 Thanks Crickle- it's our favorite posterize effect again (aka the savior of slightly blurry photos!)
December 22nd, 2011  
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