Scripture Verse

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


Emma L. Ashford (1850–1930)

Words: Ada Blenk­horn, 1895. Ap­peared in Tri­um­phant Songs No. 5, ed­it­ed by Ed­win O. Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: E. O. Ex­cell, 1896), num­ber 151.

Music: Em­ma L. Ash­ford (🔊 pdf nwc).

Ada J. Blenkhorn (1858–1927)


Many stories quaint and old­en
Oft are told to me;
Some are touched with grief and sad­ness,
Others full of glee;
But there’s one that’s sweet­er, dear­er,
Than all oth­er lays,
’Tis the story told by an­gels
In the old­en days.


Sweet and joy­ous is the ring­ing,
Of the bells, Christ­mas bells;
Full of beau­ty is the sto­ry
Each one glad­ly tells,
Christmas bells, sweet bells.

Songs of al­most heav’n­ly sweet­ness
Fall up­on my ear,
Happy songs of home and kin­dred,
Filling me with cheer;
One sur­pass­ing all the others,
In my soul doth ring,
’Tis the song of peace and glo­ry
Christmas an­gels sing.


Many are the gifts I cher­ish,
Friendship’s tok­en true,
Giving me ex­qui­site plea­sure,
As they meet my view;
But there’s one of price­less value,
Blessings to im­part,
’Tis the Christ Child’s Christ­mas greet­ing,
Treasured in my heart.