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719. Beautiful Bethlehem Bells

1 Above all the roar of the cities,
And over the hills and the dells,
With a message of peace to the nations,
Ring the beautiful Bethlehem bells,
Bringing joy to the souls that are sighing
In hovels where poverty dwells,
There is life, there is life for the dying
In the beautiful Bethlehem bells.

Beautiful bells,
Beautiful bells,
Beautiful Bethlehem bells;
Beautiful bells,
Beautiful bells,
Beautiful Bethlehem bells.

2 Far off in the land that is lovely,
For the tender, sweet story it tells,
In the light of a glorious morning,
Rang the beautiful Bethlehem bells;
And still in the hearts of creation
An anthem exultingly swells
At that memory sweet of the ringing
Of the beautiful Bethlehem bells. [Refrain]

3 They rang o’er the hills and the valleys,
They summoned the glad world that day,
From regions of night to the manger,
Where the beautiful child Jesus lay;
And forever and ever and ever
A wonderful melody dwells
In the tender, sweet ringing and singing
Of the beautiful Bethlehem bells. [Refrain]

4 For they sing of a love that is deathless,
A love that still triumphs in loss;
They sing of the love that is leading
The world to the Calvary cross.
Ring sweet o’er the sound of the cities,
Ring sweet o’er the hills and the dells,
And touch us with tenderest pities,
Oh, the beautiful Bethlehem bells. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Above all the roar of the cities
Title: Beautiful Bethlehem Bells
Author: Frank L. Stanton
Arranger: C. E. P. (1918)
Meter: D R
Scripture: Micah 5:2
Source: Timeless Truths (;
Refrain First Line: Beautiful bells
Tune Information
Name: [Above all the roar of the cities]
Composer: Charles E. Pollock (1918)
Meter: D R
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Timeless Truths (;

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