The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Beautiful Bethlehem Bells

Words: Frank L. Stanton

Music: Charles Edward Pollock

Source: Carol 136, A. L. Byers, et. al., Eds., Songs of Grace and Glory (Anderson, Indiana: Gospel Trumpet Company, 1918)

1. Above all the roar of the cities,
And over the hills and dells,
With a message of peace to the nations,
Ring the beautiful Bethlehem bells,
Bringing joy to the souls that are sighing
In hovels where poverty dwells,
There is life, there is life for the dying
In the beautiful Bethlehem bells.

Chorus
Beautiful bells, Beautiful bells,
Beautiful Bethlehem bells;
Beautiful bells, Beautiful bells,
Beautiful Bethlehem bells.

2. Far off in the land that is lovely,
For the tender, sweet story it tells,
In the light of a glorious morning,
Rang the beautiful Bethlehem Bells;
Andill in the hearts of creation
An anthem exultingly swells
At that memory sweet of the ringing
Of the beautiful Bethlehem bells. Chorus

3. They rang oer the hills and the valleys,
They summoned the glad world that day,
From regions of night to the manger,
Where the beautiful child Jesus lay;
And forever and ever and ever
A wonderful melody dwells
In the tender, sweet ringing and singing
Of the beautiful Bethlehem bells. Chorus

4. For they sing of a love that is deathless,
A love that still triumphs in loss;
They sing of the love that is leading
The world to the Calvary cross.
Ring sweet oer the sound of the cities,
Ring sweet oer the hills and the dells,
And touch us with tenderest pities,
Oh, the beautiful Bethlehem bells. Chorus

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