Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Eli­za­beth H. Mitch­ell, in Augs­burg Songs No. 2 (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Lu­ther­an Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­ety, 1893), num­ber 31.

Music: Char­lotte Sain­ton-Dol­by (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Charlotte Sainton-Dolby (1821–1885)

Lyrics

Good news from the hills of Ju­dea,
Good news from the mount­ains of light;
The King in His beau­ty is here,
He came to His peo­ple last night!

Refrain

He is come! He is come!
Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come!
Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
Jesus Christ is come down,
Go, pre­pare Him a crown!
He is come! He is come!
Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come!
Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come!
Ring the bells! Ring the bells!
He is come! He is come!
Ring the bells! Ring the bells!

Is He come to the cas­tle so grand,
To be feast­ed and hon­ored to­day?
Is He come to the lords of the land?
Is He come to the bright and the gay?

Refrain

Jesus Christ is come down,
To a poor lit­tle town.

Is He come in His gran­deur and pride,
To ride through the streets of the town,
With the princ­es and priests at His side,
And the sol­diers de­fend­ing His crown?

Refrain

In a cave cold and bare,
You will find the King there.

Have they dressed Him in pur­ple and gold?
Have they laid Him with­in a soft bed,
Like the kings and the prin­ces of old,
With a guard to watch ov­er His head?

Refrain

He is laid in the grass,
With the ox and the ass.