There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.@Luke 15:10
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William O. Cushing (1823-1902)

William O. Cushing, 1866.

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

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

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George F. Root (1820-1895)

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Prodigal Son
Gustave Doré (1832-1883)