The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Clanging of Joy Bells

For Christmas

Words: Jessie Chase.

Source: Edgar Pettman, ed., Modern Christmas Carols (London: Weekes & Co., 1892), #8.

The clanging of joy bells
Awakes the glad morn,
And tells of a Saviour
In Bethlehem born.
The god Who made all things
In love came to earth,
A weak, lowly infant!
Then hail we His birth.

In hearty thanksgiving
Our voices we'll raise,
And sing to His honour
Glad anthems of praise.
But oh! Poor our off'ring,
If praises alone
Are all that we lay at
Emmanuel's Throne!

He left heaven's glory
For earth's toil and pain
He, for our redemption,
An off'ring was slain.
Then can we, then would we
Present to him less
Than, heart, life, and service,
And all we possess!

Sheet Music from Edgar Pettman, ed., Modern Christmas Carols (London: Weekes & Co., 1892), #8:

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Pettman notes: "No. VIII.—It is most important to observe the marks of expression (particularly in the inner parts) in the chorus of this carol."

Miss Chase was the author of at least two Easter hymns: “Eastertide in Wood and Dell,” and “Resurrection Gladness,” according to an article in The American Bookseller, Vol. 25, 1889.

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