Scripture Verse

Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? Matthew 2:1–2

Introduction

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Eugene Field
(1850–1895)

Words: Eu­gene Field (1850–1895).

Music: Pueb­lo Ma­ri R. Ho­fer, in Pri­ma­ry and Jun­ior Songs for the Sun­day School (Ch­i­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Clay­ton F. Sum­my, 1901), num­ber 40 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Mari R. Hofer
(1858–1929)

Lyrics

Why do bells at Christmas ring?
Why do little children sing?
Once a lovely shining star
Seen by wise men from afar,
Gently moved until its light
Made a manger cradle bright.

There a darling baby lay,
Pillowed soft upon the hay;
And the mother sang and smiled,
This is Christ, the Holy Child!
Therefore bells at Christmas ring;
Therefore little children sing.