Scripture Verse

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


Words: Ida L. Reed, in On Wings of Song, ed­it­ed by George C. Hugg (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: George C. Hugg, 1896), num­ber 208.

Music: Bo­ni­fa­cio J. How­ard Ent­wisle, 1896 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Ida L. Reed (1865–1951)


Hark the bells, I hear them chim­ing,
Clear and sweet o’er sea and land,
Once again the an­gel’s mes­sage;
May it reach to ev­ery land.


Peace, good will, the bells are chim­ing;
Hark the mu­sic soft and low,
Pealing out the old, sweet sto­ry,
As they’re swing­ing to and fro.

Unto earth is born a Sav­ior,
Now me­thinks I hear the strain,
As the sil­ver tones are ring­ing,
Merrily the glad re­frain.


Happy bells, I love to hear them,
Ringing out the old, sweet song:
Glory, in the high­est glo­ry,
Let all tongues the strain pro­long.