Phillips Brooks was born DECEMBER 13, 1835.
The bishop of the Episcopal Church in Massachusetts, he is probably
best remembered for a song he wrote two years after the Civil War,
“O little town of Bethlehem! How still we see thee lie; Above thy
deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark
streets shineth, The everlasting Light; The hopes and fears of all
the years, Are met in thee tonight.”
At Harvard, Phillips Brooks was taught by Oliver Wendell Holmes and
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. President Jimmy Carter, seeking U.N.
sanctions against Iran, December 21, 1979, stated:
“Henry Longfellow wrote a Christmas carol in a time of crisis, the
War Between the States, in 1864. Two verses of that carol
particularly express my thoughts and prayers and, I’m sure, those of
our Nation in this time of challenge…I would like to quote from
‘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
does he sleep. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on
earth, good will to men.'”