Scripture Verse

Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10

Introduction

Words: Ano­ny­mous, in Glo­ry and Praise, ed­it­ed by James R. Ro­se­crans & James H. Fill­more (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Bro­thers, 1887), page 130.

Music: Fred­er­ick A. Fill­more, 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
Frederick A. Fillmore (1856–1925)

Lyrics

’Tis mer­ry, mer­ry Christ­mas time,
It comes again with sweet­est chime;
The crys­tal bells, they ring so free,
Our hearts are thrilled with me­lo­dy.

Refrain

’Tis mer­ry, mer­ry, mer­ry, mer­ry
Christmas time,
’Tis mer­ry, mer­ry, mer­ry, mer­ry
Christmas time,
It comes again with sweet­est chime,
The Christ­mas chine.

Ring out, O stars, the sweet re­frain,
Ye an­gel choirs re­peat again
The song of peace o’er all the earth,
The tid­ings of the Sav­ior’s birth.

Refrain

Sing we the song—the an­them raise,
With an­gel choirs His name to praise;
He brings the world good­will and peace,
And bids our strife for­ev­er cease.

Refrain