Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Introduction

Words: May H. Da­vis, 1909.

Music: Ira B. Wil­son (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hym­nals show the com­pos­er as Fred B. Hol­ton, Wil­son’s pseu­do­nym.

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portrait
Ira B. Wilson
(1880–1950)

Lyrics

O’er the earth a happy song is ringing,
Far and wide the music swells;
Joy and gladness unto all ’tis bringing;
Sweet the music of the bells.

Refrain

Ring, sweet bells, ring sweet bells,
Chime in gladness, banish sadness;
Ring, sweet bells, ring sweet bells!
Tell of the Savior born.

Join the chorus, happy hearts and voices,
Welcome in this blessèd morn;
’Tis the day when all the world rejoices;
Christ in Bethlehem is born.

Refrain

Angel voices chant the Christmas story,
Joining in the glad refrain,
Singing Glory in the highest, glory,
Peace on earth, good will to men.

Refrain