Scripture Verse

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


George Cooper

Words: George Coop­er, The Chap­let of Or­ig­in­al Hymns and Songs (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: G. D. Rus­sell, 1873), page 59.

Music: Wa­co Har­ris­on Mil­lard, 1873 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a better pic­ture of Coop­er, would you ?

Harrison Millard


Christmas bells are gaily ringing,
Singing, ringing on the air;
Sweet the message they are bringing,
Chiming, rhyming everywhere.
Peace, they utter, Love and gladness,
Bless the heart upon this morn!
Banish every care and sadness,
Christ our Lord today was born.


Ringing, singing, chiming, rhyming,
Christmas bells, how fair are they;
Loudly swelling, fondly telling
Of the Savior born today,
Of the Savior born today.

Living voices join their chorus,
Singing, ringing loud and high;
Joyfully the angels o’er us
Waft to earth their glad reply.
Love, they echo, Love unending
Crown your hearts upon this morn,
For the Lord, to earth descending,
On this blessèd day was born.


Christmas bells, so gaily ringing,
Singing, ringing glad and free,
Peace and good-will ever bringing,
Wrap the world in melody!
Joy increasing, love and glory
Unto every heart forlorn:
This your sweet and gentle story
On the day that Christ was born!