1 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.
2 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." [Refrain]
3 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! [Refrain]
George Cooper, poet, was born in the city of New York, May 14, 1840 son of John and Hepzibah Cooper, He was educated in the public schools of his native city, and afterwards studied law under the late Chester A. Arthur. After practicing for a short time, he renounced his profession to devote himself to the vocation to which his natural gifts inclined him. In his early years, he had developed a taste for writing, and before his sixteenth year had begun to contribute acceptable verses to several leading magazines. Encouraged by the success that met his early productions, he wrote constantly, and became a regular contributor to such periodicals as “The Independent,” “Harpers’ Young People,” and “Harper’s Magazine,” “Atlantic… Go to person page >
Display Title: Christmas Bells Are Gaily RingingFirst Line: Christmas bells are gaily ringingTune Title: WACOAuthor: George CooperMeter: 87.87.87 D with repeatSource: The Chaplet of Original Hymns and Songs (Boston: G. D. Russell, 1873)