The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Over Hills And Over Plains

Words: Anonymous

Music: Gordon Saunders
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #154

1. Over hills and over plains
Ring a thousand bells,
Each the same great truth proclaims,
Each the story tells;
Old, old story, ever new,
Wond’rous story, ever true.

Chorus:
Old, old story, ever new.
Wond’rous story, ever true.

2. Shepherds watching once by night,
Watching long ago,
Heard a Seraph choir bright
Murmur soft and low –
"Goodwill and love, love and goodwill."
Then Angels spoke, and all was still, Chorus

3. Very humbly, in a manger –
Holy stars in sight –
Lowly lies a little stranger,
Messenger of light.
He, the promised of old,
He, the Saviour long foretold. Chorus

4. Haste ye, shepherds, see the wonder,
Fear not mock or scorn;
Mark how in proud David’s city
Christ your Lord is born.
His great mission ne’er shall cease
Till the world be filled with peace. Chorus

5. Sound the truth o’er all the nations,
Wide your joy-bells fling;
Christ has live – our great exemplar,
Brother, Lord, and King.
Sound Christmas, ye seem to say,
"God’s peace be unto all this day." Chorus

Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #154

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