The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Words: Rev. George P. Grantham

Music: A Flemish Tune and a setting by Chas. H. Sunderland

Source: Carols #120 & 188, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. The Christmas bells are ringing
Peals of joy and gladness;
Their merry chime
At Noel time
Doth banish sadness
The simple and the gentle
Unite, the strain to raise,
Of hymn and joyous carol,
The new-born Christ to praise.

2. The bells they seem to utter, -
Ring away all malice,
And each base part
From every heart
In hut or palace!
And love ye all as brethren;
For Christ from Satan's thrall
Was born today to save you,
And breath good-will to all!

3. The Christmas bells are ringing
Gaily in the steeple; -
For Christ's dear sake,
To prayer awake
All Christian people!
And joyfully your off'ring
To God's fair Alter bring,
And there the Love Eternal
Of Christ your Saviour sing.

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Sheet Music "Flemish" from Charles L. Hutchins, Carol 120
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Sheet Music by Chas. H. Sunderland from Charles L. Hutchins, Carol 188
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Sheet Music arranged by Mr. H. S. Irons from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #67 (First Tune)
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Sheet Music arranged by Rev. G. P. Grantham from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #67 (Second Tune)
Music is the same as Hutchins, #120

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Instead of the last two lines of each verse, Carol #188 has the following.

Verse 1:

Of hymn and joyous carol,
The new-born Christ to praise.
Of hymn and joyous carol,
The new-born Christ to praise.
The Christmas bells are ringing
The new-born Christ to praise.

Verse 2:

Was born today to save you,
And breath good-will to all!
Was born today to save you,
And breath good-will to all!
The Christmas bells are ringing
The new-born Christ to praise.

Verse 3:

And there the Love Eternal
Of Christ your Saviour sing.
And there the Love Eternal
Of Christ your Saviour sing.
The Christmas bells are ringing
The new-born Christ to praise.

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