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

Susan K. Bourne, 1892.

Albert J. Holden (🔊 pdf nwc).

Merry Christmas bells are ringing,
Filling all the frosty air,
And the happy children singing,
Greet this day of days most fair;
Every Christian heart responding
Gladly joins the sweet refrain—
O ye sons of men, be joyful,
Christmas day has come again.

Refrain

Yes, the Christmas bells are ringing,
Ringing out the sweet refrain—
O ye sons of men, be joyful,
Christmas day has come again.

May a spark of holy feeling
Softly every bosom thrill,
Love divine anew revealing
In the gospel of good will.
Oh! how sweet the Christmas message
With its gift of heav’nly peace!
Words of holy benediction,
Echoing till time shall cease!

Refrain

Christian hearts, sing out your gladness!
See the star celestial shine!
Leave your doubts, forget your sadness,
Welcome now the Babe divine!
Then reflect the heav’nly glory,
Tell it to the world again;
Live the blessèd Christmas story!
Peace on earth, good will to men!

Refrain