Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise.@Matthew 21:16
Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

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.

Port­land J. How­ard Ent­wisle (🔊 pdf nwc).

This song was ac­com­pa­nied by sug­gest­ed mo­tions for child­ren to make while sing­ing, shown in the foot­notes af­ter the text.

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.


1Swaying motion


3Swinging arms

4Turning around