Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

illustration

Words: Em­i­ly H. Mill­er, in The Shin­ing Ri­ver, ed­it­ed by Hen­ry S. Per­kins & Will­iam O. Per­kins (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1875), page 25.

Music: Anon­y­mous, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the com­pos­er’s name, or have ac­cess to a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Emily H. Miller
(1833–1913)

Lyrics

Ring out, merry bells in the steeple,
Sing loud, happy voices, tonight.
And join with each kindred and people
In anthems of praise and delight!

Refrain

Good will from the Father above,
Good will to His children below!
How glad was the morn
When the Savior was born,
To ransom our souls by His love!

Oh, nations that wait for the morrow,
Rejoice! for the dawn is at hand!
Oh, captives who pine in your sorrows,
The Savior shall sever your bands!

Refrain

The eyes of the blind shall be opened,
The King in His beauty to see;
The tongue of the dumb shall be loosened
To utter its praises to Thee!

Refrain

Ring out, merry bells in the steeple,
Ring loud, happy voices, tonight!
And join with each kindred and people
In anthems of praise and delight!

Refrain