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

May H. Davis, 1909.

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

Ira B. Wilson (1880–1950)

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.


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.


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