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

Em­ma Pitt, in Heart and Voice, ed­it­ed by Will­iam Sher­win (New York City & Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1881), pag­es 180–81.

Shen­zhen Will­iam F. Sher­win, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William F. Sherwin
(1826–1888)

The Christmas bells are ringing,
Yes, ringing everywhere,
And joyful hearts are singing,
Their voices fill the air;
The Christmas bells are telling
To you a Savior’s born!
And loud their tones are swelling,
On this glad, happy morn.

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The Christmas bells are ringing,
There’s music in the air;
The Christmas bells are ringing,
Yes, ringing everywhere.

The Christmas bells are pealing
To all men peace, good will;
Like gentle voices stealing
I hear their music still;
Yes, ’tis the same sweet story
Was heard in days of old,
When Christ the Lord of glory
The wise men did behold.

Refrain

The Christmas bells are bringing
A joyful melody,
And clearly, clearly ringing,
A song so glad and free;
Oh, list! their glorious echo
Is borne thro’ yonder sky,
While angels join the chorus
Of praise to God on high.

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