Scripture Verse

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11


Words: Ed­en R. Lat­ta, in Green Pas­tures for the Lambs, by Alon­zo Ab­bey & Mer­ritt J. Mun­ger (Cleve­land, Ohio: S. Brain­ard’s Sons, 1886), num­ber 50.

Music: Alon­zo J. Ab­bey (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ab­bey (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Eden R. Latta (1839–1915)


Hear the crys­tal in­to­na­tions of the bells,
Christmas bells,
As their tones float on the air.
It is of the mer­ry Christ­mas that they tell,
That they tell,
And the message unto all they bear,
They are calling unto us,
Let us listen unto them,
They are telling of the Child
That was born in Bethlehem!


Hear the mer­ry, mer­ry voices of the Christ­mas bells,
Christmas bells, Christ­mas bells;
Hear the mer­ry, mer­ry voices of the Christ­mas bells,
Oh, what joy their mu­sic tells.

Hear the sil­very re-ech­oes of the bells,
Christmas bells,
Not a strain of beau­ty lose;
Hear the tid­ings of re­demp­tion and of love,
And of love,
And be grate­ful for the bless­èd news,
Tidings of the rich­est gift,
Ever made since time began,
Telling how the Son of God,
Came to die for sin­ful man!


Hear the gay re­ver­be­ra­tions of the bells,
Christmas bells,
And the beau­ty of their strain;
But re­mem­ber in your mirth­ful­ness of heart,
Of heart,
Our Re­deem­er’s si­lent grief and pain;
He was born the lost to save,
Born to wash their sins away,
That is why we cher­ish so,
Each re­turn­ing Christ­mas day!