Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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J. Lincoln Hall (1866–1930)

Words & Mu­sic: J. Lin­coln Hall, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Sweetly chime the mer­ry Christ­mas bells,
Merry Christ­mas bells,
Blithe and gay their hap­py mu­sic swells,
Ringing sweet and clear;
How they ring a song of Christ­mas cheer,
Sounding sweet­ly in the air:
Ring out the chor­us,
The mes­sage of Christ­mas time.

Refrain

Sweetly chime the mer­ry Christ­mas bells,
Merry Christ­mas bells,
Blithe and gay their hap­py mu­sic swells;
Happy mu­sic swells;
Gladly ring ye mer­ry, mer­ry bells,
Ring the sto­ry ev­er dear;
Ring out the chor­us,
The mes­sage of Christ­mas time.

Sweet the tale the bless­èd an­gels told
On that hap­py morn,
How the Lord in Beth­le­hem of old,
To the earth was born;
Now rejoice, the pro­mised King is here,
Prince of peace in­deed is He:
Ring out the chor­us,
The mes­sage of Christ­mas time.

Refrain

Brightly shone the star of Beth­le­hem,
To the sleep­ing world,
How it led the sag­es from afar,
To the man­ger child;
There He lay on hum­ble bed of hay,
He the king of all the earth:
Ring out the chor­us,
The mes­sage of Christ­mas time.

Refrain