Scripture Verse

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10

Introduction

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William O. Cushing
(1823–1902)

Words: Will­iam O. Cush­ing, 1866.

Music: George F. Root, Cha­pel Gems (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Root & Ca­dy, 1866) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you have ac­cess to a bet­ter pho­to of Cush­ing, would you ?

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George F. Root
(1820–1895)

The me­lo­dy ran in my head all day long, chim­ing and flow­ing in its sweet mu­sic­al ca­dence. I wished great­ly that I might se­cure the tune for use in the Sun­day-school and for oth­er Christian purposes.

When I heard the bells of hea­ven ring­ing of some sin­ner that had re­turned, it seemed like a glad day. Then the words, Ring the bells of hea­ven at once flowed down into the wait­ing melody.

Sankey, p. 226

Lyrics

Ring the bells of Heaven! There is joy today,
For a soul, returning from the wild!
See, the Father meets him out upon the way,
Welcoming His weary, wandering child.

Refrain

Glory! Glory! How the angels sing:
Glory! Glory! How the loud harps ring!
’Tis the ransomed army, like a mighty sea,
Pealing forth the anthem of the free.

Ring the bells of Heaven! There is joy today,
For the wanderer now is reconciled;
Yes, a soul is rescued from his sinful way,
And is born anew a ransomed child.

Refrain

Ring the bells of Heaven! Spread the feast today!
Angels, swell the glad triumphant strain!
Tell the joyful tidings, bear it far away!
For a precious soul is born again.

Refrain

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The Prodigal Son
Gustave Doré (1832–1883)