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

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

S. M. Nourse (🔊 pdf nwc).

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.

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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.

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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.

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