Scripture Verse

Let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1


C. Louise Bell

Words: C. Lou­ise Bell, in Tri­um­phant Songs No. 5, by Ed­win O. Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: E. O. Ex­cell, 1896), num­ber 18.

Music: Mons Ho­race N. Lin­coln (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Horace N. Lincoln (1859–1948)


When the old church bell that we love so well
Swings aloft in belfry tall,
With a joyous peal, O how glad we feel!
As we hasten to its call.


Hark! the old church bell, in its glad chimes dwell,
Invitations sweet and clear;
Let us haste away in the early day
To the Sunday school so dear.

Hear the old church bell, as its glad notes swell
On the balmy morning air;
Parents, teachers, all, at its pleading call,
Gather at the house of prayer.


Swings the old church bell, O its measures tell
Invitations soft and sweet;
And our schoolmates dear, as its chimes they hear
Speed to school with willing feet.


Rings the old church bell, over hill and dell,
Spread afar the tuneful peal;
Call the street waifs in, let them now begin
In the Sunday school to kneel.