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Let the Merry Church Bells Ring!

Let the merry church bells ring, hence with tears and sighing

Author: John Mason Neale
Tune: [Let the merry Church bells ring] (Hodges)
Published in 49 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Let the merry church bells ring!
Hence with tears and sighing,
Frost and cold hath fled from spring,
Life hath conquered dying;
Flow’rs are smiling, fields are gay,
Sunny is the weather,
With our rising Lord today,
All things rise together,
All things rise together.

Refrain:
Let the merry church bells ring!
Ring! ring! ring!
Let the merry church bells ring!
Ring! ring! ring!

2 Let the birds sing out again
From their leafy chapel,
Praising him, with whom in vain,
Death has sought to grapple;
Sounds of joy rise loud and clear,
As the breezes flutter;
“Christ is risen, he’s not here,”
Is the strain they utter,
Is the strain they utter. [Refrain]

3 Now the night of grief is past,
Joy the morning giveth;
Christ the Lord was slain for us,
But today he liveth;
Ev’ry heart is glad and gay,
Sorrow from us driven;
This the joy of Easter day,
Christ the Lord is risen,
Christ the Lord is risen. [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.2 #182

Author: John Mason Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Let the merry church bells ring, hence with tears and sighing
Title: Let the Merry Church Bells Ring!
Author: John Mason Neale
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 49 of 49)
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A Book of Song and Service #176

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A Hymnal and Service Book for Sunday Schools, Day Schools, Guilds, Brotherhoods, etc. #579

A New Service and Tune Book for Sunday Schools. New ed. #d74

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Carols for Christmas, Easter and Other Festivals #27

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Carols Old and Carols New #40

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Carols Old and Carols New #167

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Carols Old and Carols New #178

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Carols Old and Carols New #214

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Carols Old and Carols New #315

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Carols Old and Carols New #329

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Carols Old and Carols New #619

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Chants, Carols and Tunes #32

Children's Praise #d5

Easter Hymns #121

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Elmhurst Hymnal #110

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Eternal Praise #73

Everybody's Hymn Book for Church and Home #d159

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Gloria #77

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Hymns and Tunes for Schools #116

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Hymns of the Centuries (Chapel Edition) #335

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Hymns of the Centuries #77

Lutheran Sunday School Hymnal. 9th ed. #d107

New Service and Tune Book for Sunday School #d73

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Palm Leaves #41

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Pilgrim Songs for the Sunday School #186

Prayer and Praise Book #d87

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Songs for Sunday Schools #58

Sunday School Hymnal #d225

Sunday School Hymns and Tunes #d50

Sweet Spices, for the Sunday School #d18

Ten Easter Carols #d5

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The Children's Hymnal #97

The Children's Hymnal (with tunes) #d126

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The Children's Hymnal with Tunes #243

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The Church School Hymnal with Tunes #55

The Hymns from the Children's Hymnal; with a Service, for Sunday Schools #d128

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The New Hosanna #53

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The Parish School Hymnal #93

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The Sunday School Chant and Tune Book #R13

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The Sunday School Hymnal #161

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #523

The Sunlight of Song #d36

The Sunny Side #d67

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The Tree of Life #57

The Young Churchman's Hymnal. 5th ed. #d35

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Triumphant Songs No.2 #182

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Voices of Praise #382

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