Scripture Verse

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


Theodore F. Seward

Words: Ma­ry C. Sew­ard, in Bright Jew­els, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry (New York: Big­low & Main, 1869), num­ber 122.

Music: The­o­dore F. Sew­ard (🔊 pdf nwc).

Mary C. Seward


Ring the bells, the Christmas bells,
Chime out the wondrous story;
First in song, on angel tongues,
It came from realms of glory;
Peace on earth, good will to men,
Angelic voices ringing;
Christ the Lord to earth has come,
His glorious message bringing.


Ring the bells, the merry Christmas bells;
Chime out the wondrous story;
Glory be to God on high,
Forevermore be glory.

Wise men hastened from the east,
To bring their richest treasure:
Gold and myrrh, and frankincense,
And jewels without measure;
Him they sought, although a king,
They found in birthplace lowly;
There, within a manger lay
The babe so pure and holy.


Earthly crowns were not for Him,
He came God’s love revealing;
On the cross He died for us,
His blood forgiveness sealing;
’Tis the Savior promised long,
Ring out your loudest praises;
Every heart this happy day,
Its grateful anthem raises.