Words by Mrs. M. L. Rayne
Music by James R. Murray
Published by S. Brainard's Sons, Cleveland, 1868
Source: Library of Congress, Christmas Cheer.
1. 'Tis the merry Christmas time,
Ring the gay bells, loud and clear.
Mirth and music in their chime.
Christmas comes but once a year;
Happy all are they who make
Others happy for His sake;
Who in Bethlehem was born,
Long ago, on Christmas morn.
Let us catch the heavenly cheer,
heavenly cheer, heavenly cheer.
Making Christmas all the year,
Making Christmas all the year.
2. 'Tis the happy Christmas tide,
Friends their pretty off'rings bring;
Each has with the other vied.
In some fair and costly thing;
He had not, tis often said,
Where to lay His sacred head.
Let us not forget His poor
When we view our Christmas store. Chorus.
3. 'Tis the solemn Christmas-tide.
Here and there are vacant chairs;
Some have gained the other side.
Who were angels unawares;
And they send us greeting bright.
"Peace on Earth," good will to night!
Let us catch the heav'nly cheer,
Making Christmas all the year. Chorus.
Sheet Music by James R. Murray