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Sing We Now of Christmas

Meter: Appears in 19 hymnals Topics: liturgical Songs of Response First Line: Sing we now of Christmas, Noel sing we here Refrain First Line: Sing we Noel, the King is born, Noel Lyrics: 1 Sing we now of Christmas, Noel, sing we here! Hear ... , Noel! Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now Noel! 2 ... Text Sources: Traditional French carol

Love Came Down at Christmas

Author: Christina G. Rossetti Meter: Appears in 61 hymnals Topics: Christian Year Christmas; Christian Year Christmas Lyrics: 1 Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine; ... Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the ... Used With Tune: GARTAN

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Author: Henry W. Longfellow Appears in 109 hymnals Topics: Christmas Used With Tune: [I heard the bells on Christmas day]


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Composer: G. F. Handel Meter: Appears in 363 hymnals Topics: Christian Year Christmas; Christian Year Christmas Tune Sources: Harmonia Sacra, 1812 Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 34517 65123 34555 Used With Text: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks


Composer: H. Walford Davies (1869-1941) Appears in 16 hymnals Topics: Christmas 1 The Incarnation; God, Saviour Born (Christmas Seasonal) Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 32313 23136 53213 Used With Text: O little town of Bethlehem


Meter: Appears in 68 hymnals Topics: Christmas Tune Sources: Traditional carol Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 55345 32127 11234 Used With Text: On Christmas Night All Christians Sing


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Merry Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Author: Mrs. S. K. Bourne Hymnal: Gloria Deo #695 (1901) Topics: Christmas Refrain First Line: Yes, the Christmas bells are ringing Lyrics: ... sons of men, be joyful, Christmas day has come again.” Refrain ... : Yes, the Christmas bells are ringing, Ringing out ... . Oh! how sweet the Christmas message With its gift of ... world again; Live the blessed Christmas story! “Peace on earth, ... Tune Title: [Merry Christmas bells are ringing]
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Ring the Bells, the Christmas Bells

Author: Mrs. Mary C. Seward Hymnal: Augsburg Songs No. 2 #113 (1893) Topics: Christmas Refrain First Line: Ring the merry Christmas bells Languages: English Tune Title: [Ring the bells, the Christmas bells]
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Heaven's Christmas Tree

Author: Charles A. Tindley, 1851-1933 Hymnal: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #270 (2018) Meter: with refrain Topics: The Celebration of the Gospel Story Christmas; Christian Year Christmas First Line: I have heard of a tree, a great Christmas tree Refrain First Line: There is a package for me on that tree Lyrics: ... of a tree, a great Christmas tree, It was fixed in ... you and for me, A Christmas present for all. Refrain: There ... Scripture: Romans 3:24-25 Languages: English Tune Title: HEAVEN'S CHRISTMAS TREE


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Ira B. Wilson

1880 - 1950 Topics: Christmas Composer of "[While Christmas lights are shining]" in The King's Message Ira Bishop Wilson, 1880-1950 Born: Sep­tem­ber 6, 1880, Bed­ford, Io­wa. Died: Ap­ril 3, 1950, Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. Buried: For­est Lawn Me­mor­i­al Park, Glen­dale, Cal­i­for­nia. Pseudonym: Fred B. Hol­ton. Wilson’s sis­ter taught him to play the vi­o­lin and or­gan while still at home. Around 1902, Ira be­gan stu­dies at the Moo­dy Bi­ble In­sti­tute in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois. In 1905, he went to work for the Lorenz Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny in Day­ton, Ohio. His com­po­si­tions ap­peared in The Choir Lead­er and The Choir Her­ald; he al­so served as ed­it­or in chief of The Vol­un­teer Choir. His works in­clude: The King’s Mes­sage, with Ed­mund Lo­renz (New York: Lo­renz Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny, 1910) The Be­gin­ners’ Choir, with Ed­mund Lor­enz (Day­ton, Ohio: Lor­enz Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny, 1911) Praise Ye, a Col­lect­ion of Sac­red Songs, with Ed­mund Lor­enz (New York: Lor­enz Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny, 1913) His Worthy Praise, with Ed­mund Lor­enz (Day­ton, Ohio: Lor­enz Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny, 1915) Sources-- Hall, pp. 413-5 Lyrics-- Go For­ward to Con­quer Look Above Make Me a Bless­ing © 1924 My Sav­ior’s Voice This Won­der­ful Christ Is Mine Trustingly Fol­low Music-- Across the Temp­led Hills Angels’ Chor­us, The Christ Is Born Christ the Lord Is Born Christmas Lull­a­by Conchita Exalt the King Give Praise God Is Good­ness, God Is Love God Is So Good He Arose To­day His Love Is Al­ways True Jesus Wants Us to Help Joy to the World Loving Je­sus Christ Marching For­ward May God De­pend on You? Night of Nights O Star of Match­less Splen­dor On Cal­va­ry’s Cross One Day Out in the High­ways and By­ways of Life Rejoice! Re­joice! Ring, Sweet Bells Song of the Morn­ing, The Stars of De­cem­ber Walking with Je­sus Was There Ev­er a Friend So True? We Come To­day What Do the Flow­ers Say? Who Will Our Pi­lot Be? Win One

George Frideric Handel

1685 - 1759 Person Name: G. F. Handel Topics: Christmas Composer of "[While shepherds watched their flocks by night]" in Triumphant Songs No.3 George Frideric Handel (b. Halle, Germany, 1685; d. London, England, 1759) became a musician and composer despite objections from his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. Handel studied music with Zachau, organist at the Halle Cathedral, and became an accomplished violinist and keyboard performer. He traveled and studied in Italy for some time and then settled permanently in England in 1713. Although he wrote a large number of instrumental works, he is known mainly for his Italian operas, oratorios (including Messiah, 1741), various anthems for church and royal festivities, and organ concertos, which he interpolated into his oratorio performances. He composed only three hymn tunes, one of which (GOPSAL) still appears in some modern hymnals. A number of hymnal editors, including Lowell Mason, took themes from some of Handel's oratorios and turned them into hymn tunes; ANTIOCH is one example, long associated with “Joy to the World.” Bert Polman

Joseph Haydn

1732 - 1809 Person Name: Franz Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809 Topics: Christmas Composer of "AUSTRIA" in Hymnal and Order of Service Franz Joseph Haydn (b. Rohrau, Austria, 1732; d. Vienna, Austria, 1809) Haydn's life was relatively uneventful, but his artistic legacy was truly astounding. He began his musical career as a choirboy in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, spent some years in that city making a precarious living as a music teacher and composer, and then served as music director for the Esterhazy family from 1761 to 1790. Haydn became a most productive and widely respected composer of symphonies, chamber music, and piano sonatas. In his retirement years he took two extended tours to England, which resulted in his "London" symphonies and (because of G. F. Handel's influence) in oratorios. Haydn's church music includes six great Masses and a few original hymn tunes. Hymnal editors have also arranged hymn tunes from various themes in Haydn's music. Bert Polman


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