Scripture Verse

…good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10–11


Isaac H. Meredith (1872–1962)

Words: Bur­ton H. Wins­low, 1903.

Music: Is­aac H. Me­re­dith (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Joy is in our mes­sage!
Peal the Christ­mas bells!
Joy, great joy re-ech­oes
From the glo­ry in the sto­ry
Which our chimes are tell­ing,
As the mu­sic swells;
Ringing, ring­ing, new joy bring­ing,
Peal the Christ­mas bells.


To ev­ery land in an­them grand,
From the north­ern icy tow­ers
To the sun­set land of flow­ers;
O’er ev­ery sea, to the bond and free,
We re­peat the song of an­gel throng;
The Sav­ior now is ours!

Peace we soft­ly ec­ho
In our sil­ve­ry chime,
O’er the world’s great mid­night
Softly steal­ing, sweet­ly peal­ing,
Glorious news we’re bring­ing
At the Christ­mas time!
Now in­creas­ing, ne­ver ceas­ing,
In our song sub­lime.


Now good will we’re sound­ing,
In a migh­ty strain!
Like the an­gel chorus
From the glo­ry with the sto­ry,
Sung that Christ­mas morn­ing
Over Beth­le’em’s plain;
Swelling, sound­ing, still re­sound­ing,
As we peal again.