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Isabella Banks: Lay down weapons, war should cease

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

British writers on peace and war

Women writers on peace and war

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Isabella Banks
A Christmas Carol

Ring the bells out! far and wide
Send the echoes o’er the tide,
Telling to remotest earth
Death is vanquished, Hope has birth.

Ring the bells out! let them peal
Christ is born our wounds to heal;
Christ is born, the Prince of Peace;
Lay down weapons, war should cease.

Ring the bells out! let them sound
Wheresoever guilt is found,
Where are mourners by a grave;”
Christ is born the lost to save.”

Ring the bells out ! let them bear
Christ’s glad message through the air,
Every angry thought to still –
“Peace on earth, to man good-will.”

Ring the bells out ! let them chase
Darkness from the saddest face;
Life eternal Light is born
With our Christ this joyous morn.

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