Scripture Verse

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


Emma L. Ashford

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


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.