Scripture Verse

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


Words & Mu­sic: Syd­ney Cross, in Ca­rols Old and Ca­rols New, by Charles L. Hut­chins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Par­ish Choir, 1916), num­ber 559 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


I heard the church bells ring­ing,
I heard the child­ren sing­ing,
With hap­py hearts and voic­es sweet,
On Christ­mas morn that song so meet.


Ring, ring, mer­ry bells,
Ring, ring, ring, ring, ring;
This is the song the church bells ring,
This is the song the an­gels sing,
Peace on earth, good­will to­ward men.

I heard the mo­ther say­ing,
I heard the old man pray­ing,
With agèd lips and fee­ble frame,
And low­ly knee—the words the same.


The storm is gent­ly dy­ing,
The snow is soft­ly ly­ing
On shroud­ed hill and si­lent stream:
All na­ture sleeps—and this her dream.


The cares of day grow light­er,
The hour of death grows bright­er;
For Je­sus Christ was born to­day,
Let young and old unite and say,