The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Hark To The Bells’ Glad Song

Words: Congaudeat tur ba fidelium, Latin, 11th Century
Translator Unknown

Music: Piae Cantiones
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Carol 704, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. O hark to the bells’ glad song as it floateth so clear,
Far and near!
A Virgin hath conceived and brought forth a Son
Here in Bethlehem.

2. The hosts of bright angels proclaim that these tidings so new
All are true.
Give praise to God on high, peace on earth and goodwill,
Here in Bethlehem.

3. Forth hasted the shepherds so gladly to see this great sight,
At midnight.
We seek a King, said they, as they straight went their way
Unto Bethlehem.

4. The Star of the East now leads them with heavenly light,
Wondrous bright!
It resteth o’er the manger where lies in His state
Christ of Bethlehem.

5. Their gifts great kings are bringing to lay at His feet --
Offering meet!
O man, give thou thine heart unto Christ, heaven’s King,
Born at Bethlehem.

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

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