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I Would Be

I would be a Christmas bell

Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Tune: [I would be a Christmas bell]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I would be a Christmas bell,
Ringing, ringing for Jesus;
All around, good news to tell,
Ringing, ringing for Jesus.

Happy and bright as the songs we sing,
Full of delight as the bells that ring—
Glory to God in the highest, we sing,
Glory, glory to Jesus!

2 I would be a Christmas song,
Telling, telling of Jesus;
I would carol loud and long,
Telling, telling of Jesus. [Refrain]

3 I would be a Christmas star,
Guiding, guiding to Jesus;
Leading wanderers from afar,
Guiding, guiding to Jesus. [Refrain]

4 I a Christmas gift would be,
Given, given to Jesus;
For the love He bears for me,
Given, given to Jesus. [Refrain]

5 Children glad His love may tell,
Singing, singing for Jesus;
Holy children serve Him well
Singing, singing for Jesus. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14133

Author: Priscilla J. Owens

Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she is engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen has interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children's services. Her hymn in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898, "We have heard a joyful sound" (Missions), was written for a Sunday-school Mission Anniversary, and the words were adapted to the chorus "Vive le Roi" in the opera The Huguenots. [Rev. James Bonar, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I would be a Christmas bell
Title: I Would Be
Author: Priscilla J. Owens
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Happy and bright as the songs we sing
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #14133
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  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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The Cyber Hymnal #14133

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