Scripture Verse

He demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet. Matthew 2:4–5

Introduction

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Fred P. Green
1903–2000

Words: Fred P. Green, 1971.

Music: Personent Ho­die Pi­ae Can­ti­on­es, 1582. Ar­ranged by Gus­tav T. Holst (1874–1934) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Gustav T. Holst
1874–1934
© National Portrait Gallery

Lyrics

Long ago, prophets knew
Christ would come, born a Jew,
Come to make all things new,
Bear His people’s burden,
Freely love and pardon.

Refrain

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When He comes, when He comes,
Who will make Him welcome?

God in time, God in man,
This is God’s timeless plan:
He will come, as a man,
Born Himself of woman,
God divinely human.

Refrain

Mary, hail! Though afraid,
She believed, she obeyed.
In her womb, God is laid
Til the time expected,
Nurtured and protected.

Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
Jesus comes, Jesus comes,
We will make Him welcome!