Words: Fanny Crosby, in Bright Melodies, edited by John R. Sweney & Howard Entwisle (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: John J. Hood, 1899), number 188. Some hymnals give the author as Ida Scott Taylor, one of Fanny’s pseudonyms. This song was accompanied by suggested motions for children to make while singing, shown in the footnotes after the text.
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Little bells of Easter, 1we will gently sway,
Ringing chimes for Jesus on this happy day;
2Nodding, gaily nodding, like the flowers we love,
Singing praise all our days for the King above.
Bells of Easter gaily swinging to and fro,
Pealing out a gladsome lay as forth we go;
Jesus lives forever is the news we bring,
Blessèd tidings of salvation,
Christ is king.
Little bells of Easter, 3swinging all in time,
4Round about together hear our echoes chime;
Giving out the sunshine as we pass you by,
Singing praise all our days to the King on high.
Little bells of Easter, happy hearts have we,
In our master’s service faithful let us be;
Ever 5moving onward step by step we’ll go,
Singing praise all our days while on earth below.