Scripture Verse

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


Words: E. A. Bes­ley, in The Par­ish Choir (Med­ford, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Charles L. Hut­chins), Vol­ume 8, num­ber 389, 1888, page 1553.

Music: S. M. Nourse (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Bes­ley or Nourse’s full name, or where to get good pho­tos of them (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Joyful tidings of a Savior came this day
To the world, as in darkness and sin it lay;
Angel voices sang soft and clear
Through the midnight air.
The bells send forth their peaceful strain,
And tell that joyful news again,
Far over the snow.


Sweetly sing, then, with the angels,
Soft and clear;
Let your voices be borne on the chill night air;
Carol softly, carol sweetly, peace proclaim
Through the birth of a Savior in Bethlehem.

Holy tributes to the manger let us bring;
Let us welcome the Savior, our Lord and king;
While the earth with pure snow is clad
Let pure hearts be glad.
And bells ring out their joyful peal,
And angel voices gently steal
Far through the still night.


Humbly sheltered in a stable Jesus lay;
May He likewise be found in our hearts this day;
Holy Savior, do Thou be near,
Bring Thou holy cheer;
And we will sing in glad accord
With joyful bells and angels’ word,
Both now and for aye.