Scripture Verse

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14


Frank L. Stanton (1857–1927)

Words: Frank L. Stan­ton, ar­ranged by Charles Pol­lock in Songs of Grace and Glo­ry, ed­it­ed by An­drew L. By­ers et al. (An­der­son, In­di­ana: Gos­pel Trum­pet Pub­lish­ing, 1918), num­ber 136.

Music: Charles E. Pol­lock (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Pol­lock (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerrit van Honthorst (1592–1656)

Above all the roar of the ci­ties,
And ov­er the hills and the dells,
With a mes­sage of peace to the na­tions,
Ring the beau­ti­ful Beth­le­hem bells,
Bringing joy to the souls that are sigh­ing
In hov­els where po­ver­ty dwells—
There is life, there is life for the dy­ing
In the beau­ti­ful Beth­le­hem bells.


Beautiful Beth­le­hem bells;
Beautiful bells, beau­ti­ful bells,
Beautiful Beth­le­hem bells.

Far off in a land that is love­ly,
For the tend­er, sweet sto­ry it tells,
In the light of a glo­ri­ous morn­ing,
Rang the beau­ti­ful Beth­le­hem bells;
And still in the hearts of cre­ation
An an­them ex­ult­ing­ly swells
At that me­mo­ry sweet of the ring­ing
Of the beau­ti­ful Beth­le­hem bells.


They rang o’er the hills and the val­leys,
They sum­moned the glad world that day,
From the re­gions of night to the man­ger,
Where the beau­ti­ful Child Je­sus lay;
And for­ev­er and ev­er and ev­er
A won­der­ful me­lo­dy dwells
In the ten­der, sweet ring­ing and sing­ing
Of the beau­ti­ful Beth­le­hem bells.