Scripture Verse

Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10


Aldine S. Kieffer (1840–1904)

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


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.


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.