Scripture Verse

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

Introduction

illustration

Words & Mu­sic: J. H. Les­lie, in Songs of the Gold­en Shore, ed­it­ed by Dan­i­el F. Hodg­es (New York and Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Charles T. Dill­ing­ham and Lee & Shep­ard, 1879), page 98 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

Christmas bells are sweetly ringing,
Joy to the happy sons of men!
Children’s voices gladly singing
Praise to their God and Savior!

Refrain

Merry, merry Christmas,
Merry, merry Christmas,
Joy and pleasure, without measure;
Merry, merry Christmas,
Merry, merry Christmas,
Hail the happy day!

Shepherds heard the wondrous story,
Watching upon Judea’s plains,
How the Lord of life and glory
Ransomed the fallen nations.

Refrain

Peace on earth, good will to mortals—
Glory to God,
the angels sang;
Christ has opened Heaven’s portals
Glory to God forever!

Refrain