Scripture Verse

Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10


Words: Frank­lin E. Bel­den, in Sab­bath Ca­rols (Al­too­na, Penn­syl­van­ia: R. B. Ma­haf­fey, 1881), num­ber 32.

Music: R. B. Ma­haf­fey (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Ma­haf­fey’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Franklin E. Belden
Courtesy of
Ellen G. White Estate


’Tis merry, merry Christmas time!
The world with joy is clad;
Let all our happy voices chime,
And every heart be glad.


Raise your grateful voices high,
Let no heart be sad;
Christ is born, the great Messiah,
Let the world be glad.

All glory unto God, our king;
To Christ, His only Son;
Forever let His praises ring,
Redemption is begun.


All glory unto Christ, our Lord!
Who saves us thro’ His name;
Let Heav’n and earth, with one accord,
His praises loud proclaim.