Ring the bells, the Christmas bells (Joseph Barnby)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Ring the bells, the Christmas bells
Tune: Carillon
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Charles Lewis Hutchins

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol Meter: 77. 77. D with Chorus

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby, Novello

Description: No.124 from Hymn Tunes by Joseph Barnby.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1  Ring the bells, the Christmas bells;
Chime out the wondrous story;
First in song on Angel tongues
It came from realms of glory;
Peace on earth, good-will to men,
Angelic voices ringing
Christ the Lord to earth has come,
His glorious message bringing.

Chorus
Ring the merry Christmas bells;
Chime out the wondrous story;
Glory be to God on high,
For evermore be glory.

2  Wise men hastened from the East
To bring their richest treasure
Gold, and myrrh, and frankincense
And jewels without measure.
Him they sought, although a King,
They found in birthplace lowly,
There within a manger lay
The Babe so pure and holy. Chorus

3  Earthly crowns were not for Him;
He came God’s love revealing;
On the Cross He died for us,
His blood forgiveness sealing.
‘Tis the Saviour promised long,
Ring out your loudest praises;
Every heart this happy day
Its grateful anthems raises. Chorus