Scripture Verse

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


Words: Pris­cil­la J. Ow­ens, in Infant Praises, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney & Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1887), num­ber 8.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

William J. Kirkpatrick (1838–1921)


I would be a Christ­mas bell,
Ringing, ring­ing for Je­sus;
All around, good news to tell,
Ringing, ring­ing for Je­sus.


Happy and bright as the songs we sing,
Full of de­light as the bells that ring—
Glory to God in the high­est, we sing,
Glory, glo­ry to Je­sus!

I would be a Christ­mas song,
Telling, telling of Je­sus;
I would ca­rol loud and long,
Telling, tell­ing of Je­sus.


I would be a Christ­mas star,
Guiding, guid­ing to Je­sus;
Leading wan­dere­rs from afar,
Guiding, guid­ing to Je­sus.


I a Christ­mas gift would be,
Given, giv­en to Je­sus;
For the love He bears for me,
Given, giv­en to Je­sus.


Children glad His love may tell,
Singing, sing­ing for Je­sus;
Holy child­ren serve Him well
Singing, sing­ing for Je­sus.