The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Good News From The Hills of Judea

Words: Unknown

Music: Madam Sainton-Dolby
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol #66, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. "Good news from the hills of Judea,
Good news from the mountains of light;
The King in His beauty is here,
He came to His people last night!
"He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
Jesus Christ has come down,
Go, prepare Him a crown!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!

2. "Has He come to the castle so grand,
To be feasted and honoured today?
Has he come to the lords of the land?
Has He come to the bright and the gay?
"He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
Jesus Christ has come down,
To a poor little town
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!

3. "Has He come in His grandeur and pride
To ride through the streets of the town,
With the princes and priests at His side,
And the soldiers defending His crown?"
"He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
In a cave cold and bare
You will find the King there;
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!

4. "Have they dressed Him in purple and gold?
Have they laid Him within a soft bed,
Like the kings and the princes of old,
With a guard to watch over His Head?"
"He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is laid in the grass
With the ox and the ass;
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!

5. "Have they sounded the trumpets afar?
Have they welcomed with music and song
The Prophet, the King, and the Star,
The light we have looked for so long?"
"He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
To the shepherds alone
Hath He made Himself known;
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!

6. "If the shepherds were poor, so am I;
For nothing I have of my own;
To the love of the King may I fly?
May I kneel at the foot of His Throne?"
"He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
Jesus Christ loveth all,
Young and old, great and small,
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!
He is come! He is come! Ring the bells! Ring the Bells!

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

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