The Bells (First Draft)

First Draft

   The Bells! - hear the bells!
   The merry wedding bells!
   The little silver bells!
How fairy-like a melody there swells
   From the silver tinkling cells
   Of the bells, bells, bells!
      Of the bells!

The Bells! - ah, the bells!
   The heavy iron bells!
   Hear the tolling of the bells!
      Hear the knells!
How horrible a monody there floats
      From their throats -
      From their deep-toned throats!
How I shudder at the notes
      From the melancholy throats
   Of the bells, bells, bells!
      Of the bells!