Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Introduction

Words: May H. Da­vis, 1909.

Music: Ira B. Wil­son (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals give the com­pos­er as Fred B. Hol­ton, Wil­son’s pseu­do­nym.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Da­vis (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Ira B. Wilson
1880–1950

Lyrics

O’er the earth a happy song is ringing,
Far and wide the music swells;
Joy and gladness unto all ’tis bringing;
Sweet the music of the bells.

Refrain

Ring, sweet bells, ring sweet bells,
Chime in gladness, banish sadness;
Ring, sweet bells, ring sweet bells!
Tell of the Sav­ior born.

Join the chorus, happy hearts and voices,
Welcome in this blessèd morn;
’Tis the day when all the world rejoices;
Christ in Bethlehem is born.

Refrain

Angel voices chant the Christ­mas story,
Joining in the glad refrain,
Singing Glory in the highest, glo­ry,
Peace on earth, good will to men.

Refrain