Scripture Verse

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


Scott Werdebaugh (1951–)

Words: Ano­ny­mous, in Hym­nal for Pri­ma­ry Class­es, com­piled by Ed­win W. Rice (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Am­eri­can Sun­day School Un­ion, 1896), num­ber 142.

Music: Christ­mas Chimes Scott Wer­de­baugh, 2017 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Hark! the mer­ry, mer­ry bells,
Christmas chimes are ring­ing;
Each the same glad sto­ry tells,
Angel hosts were sing­ing.
When on far Ju­dea’s plain,
Shepherds heard their sweet re­frain,
From the wel­kin ring­ing,
From the wel­kin ring­ing.

Peace on earth, good will to men,
Tidings glad they’re tell­ing;
Blessèd Christ­mas come again,
On the air is swell­ing.
Now let notes of praise as­cend,
Voices al­to­ge­ther blend,
Joy fill every dwell­ing,
Joy fill every dwell­ing.

Christ is born, the Prince of Peace,
Bells are now re­peat­ing;
Let all strife and dis­cord cease,
Give all kind­ly greet­ing.
Let this day of Je­sus’ birth
Bind to­ge­ther hearts on earth,
Time is all too fleet­ing,
Time is all too fleet­ing.

Church Bells
Tresillian, Cornwall