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Hear the crystal intonations

Hear the crystal intonations

Author: Eden Reeder Latta
Tune: [Hear the crystal intonations of the bells]
Published in 2 hymnals

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1. Hear the crystal intonations of the bells,
Christmas bells,
As their tones float on the air.
It is of the merry Christmas that they tell,
That they tell,
And the message unto all they bear,
They are calling unto us,
Let us listen unto them,
They are telling of the Child
That was born in Bethlehem!

Hear the merry, merry voices of the Christmas bells,
Christmas bells, Christmas bells;
Hear the merry, merry voices of the Christmas bells,
Oh, what joy their music tells.

2. Hear the silvery re-echoes of the bells,
Christmas bells,
Not a strain of beauty lose;
Hear the tidings of redemption and of love,
And of love,
And be grateful for the blessèd news,
Tidings of the richest gift,
Ever made since time began,
Telling how the Son of God,
Came to die for sinful man! [Refrain]

3. Hear the gay reverberations of the bells,
Christmas bells,
And the beauty of their strain;
But remember in your mirthfulness of heart,
Of heart,
Our Redeemer’s silent grief and pain;
He was born the lost to save,
Born to wash their sins away,
That is why we cherish so,
Each returning Christmas day! [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #4211

Author: Eden Reeder Latta

Rv Eden Reeder Latta USA 1839-1915. Born at Haw Patch, IN, the son of a Methodist minister, (also a boyhood friend of hymn writer Willam A Ogden) he became a school teacher. During the American Civil War he preached for the Manchester Methodist Church and other congregations (possibly as a circuit rider filling empty pulpits). In 1863 he married Mary Elizabeth Wright, and they had five children: Arthur, Robert, Jennie, two others. He taught for the public schools of Manchester, and later Colesburg, IA. He moved to Guttenberg, IA, in the 1890s, and continued writing song lyrics for several major gospel composers, including William Ogden, James McGranahan, James Fillmore, and Edmund Lorenz. He wrote 1600+ songs and hymns, many being wi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hear the crystal intonations
Author: Eden Reeder Latta
Refrain First Line: Hear the merry, merry voices
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #4211
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