Scripture Verse

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

Introduction

Words: From The Ca­rol, ed­it­ed by Charles W. Wendte (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1886), page 145. This book does not iden­ti­fy the lyr­i­cist.

Music: Will­iam F. Sher­win, 1886 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the lyr­i­cist’s name, would you ?

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William F. Sherwin
1826–1888

Lyrics

Peal forth your joyous music,
O chiming bells, sweet Christmas bells!
The world today rejoices,
My heart with rapture swells.
In lofty strains repeat the song
The angels sang over Bethl’hem’s plain,
Glory and praise to God on high,
And peace, goodwill to men!

Refrain

Peal forth your joyous music,
O chiming bells, sweet Christmas bells!
The world today rejoices,
My heart with rapture swells.

We join the angels’ chorus,
With heart and voice our tribute bring;
Let all around us echo
Our happy caroling.
The world today keeps festival,
For, once again this Christmas morn,
The blessèd Child of Bethlehem,
Within our hearts is born.

Refrain