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10 Famous Writers and Composers in the Hymnbook


7. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Author of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” (no. 214)

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One of the first of the great American poets, Longfellow is perhaps best known for the poem "Paul Revere's Ride." He was also the first to translate Dante's Inferno into English. He found his place in the hymnbook with one of the most beautiful Christmas songs of all time.