1. Good tidings, good tidings,
Ring out, O Christmas bells;
From lofty spires the joyful sound,
Thro' hill and woodland swells.
Go twine with ivy leaf and bay,
Then holly's coral gem,
And welcome, Christian hearts, today,
The Babe of Bethlehem.
2. Good tidings, good tidings,
It is the self-same strain,
That once the holy Angels sung
To shepherds on the plain:
A song which brings the weary rest,
And comforts those who mourn;
The ancient anthem ever blest
"To us a Child is born."
3. Good tidings, good tidings,
The world is old and sad;
We need the blessed Christmas-tide,
To make us young and glad,
To darkened eyes that saw, thro' tears,
Their heart-lights fade and die,
Their holy radiance appears,
"The Dayspring from on high."
4. Good tidings, good tidings,
The music shall not cease;
He came to guide our wayward feet
Into the paths of peace.
Chime, tuneful bells, and loudly ring
To hail the Christmas morn;
Awake, all Christian souls, and sing,
"To us a Child is born!"
Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins
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