Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.@Luke 2:10
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Aldine S. Kieffer (1840–1904)

Al­dine S. Kief­fer, New Me­lo­dies of Praise (Sing­ers Glen, Vir­gin­ia: Rue­bush-Kief­fer, 1877), number 108 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Happy Christmas bells are ringing,
Everywhere, everywhere;
Merry Christmas bells are ringing
Upon the wintry air;
Telling of the love of God’s dear Son,
How He came from Heav’n to earth,
Ringing in the morning, once again,
Of our dear Savior’s birth.

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Ring, sweet bells; oh, ring again!
Pealing out your gladsome strain!
Happy Christmas bells, peal on,
Ringing gladness everywhere.

Happy Christmas bells, your chiming
Wakens hopes bright with love;
Tenderly your music tells us
Of that sweet home above;
Hopefully we look to that sweet home,
Far removed from care and sin,
Longing for the bells of Heav’n to ring
A sweeter Christmas in.

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