Scripture Verse

Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10


Words: Frank­lin E. Bel­den, in Sab­bath Ca­rols (Al­too­na, Penn­syl­van­ia: R. B. Ma­haf­fey, 1881), num­ber 32.

Music: R. B. Ma­haf­fey (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Ma­haf­fey’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Franklin E. Belden (1858–1945)
Courtesy of Ellen G. White Estate


’Tis mer­ry, mer­ry Christ­mas time!
The world with joy is clad;
Let all our hap­py voic­es chime,
And ev­ery heart be glad.


Raise your grate­ful voic­es high,
Let no heart be sad;
Christ is born, the great Mes­si­ah,
Let the world be glad.

All glo­ry un­to God, our king;
To Christ, His on­ly Son;
Forever let His prais­es ring,
Redemption is begun.


All glo­ry un­to Christ, our Lord!
Who saves us thro’ His name;
Let Heav’n and earth, with one ac­cord,
His prais­es loud pro­claim.