The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ring, Merry, Merry Bells!

Words: Marie Mason

Music: Not Stated

Source: John Clark Hollister, ed., Chants, Carols, and Tunes: A Supplement To The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), Supplement p. 17.

1. Ring, merry, merry bells,
    The Christmas morn!
Ring out a joyous peal!
    The Saviour comes,
    The Christ is born!
He comes to save and heal;
    The Saviour comes,
    The Christ is born;
He comes to save and heal!

2. Ring, merry, merry bells,
    O'er all the land,
By hall and cottage fires
    Let every home
    And household band
Hear music from your spires;
Let every home
    And household band
Hear music from your spires.

3. Ring, merry, merry bells!
    There cometh here
The wondrous truth, at last.
    By ancient king
    And kingly seer,
So longed-for, ages past!
By ancient king
    And kingly seer,
So longed-for, ages past!

4. Ring, merry, merry bells!
    Let hill and vale,
Through all the festal day,
    In notes of joy
    Repeat the tale
Of Christ, the Living Way.
    In notes of joy
    Repeat the tale
Of Christ, the Living Way.

5. Ring, merry, merry bells!
    Our heavy load
We lay, rejoicing, down,
    For by his cross
    We gain the road
To our eternal crown.
    For by his cross
    We gain the road
To our eternal crown.

6. Ring, merry, merry bells!
    Your carols pour,
Nor let your gladness cease:
    The Wonderful!
    The Counsellor!
The mighty Prince of Peace!
    The Wonderful!
    The Counsellor!
The mighty Prince of Peace!

Sheet Music from John Clark Hollister, ed., Chants, Carols, and Tunes: A Supplement To The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), Supplement p. 17.

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