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Christmas Bells

Many stories quaint and olden

Author: Ada Blenkhorn
Tune: [Many stories quaint and olden]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Many stories quaint and olden,
Oft are told to me,
Some are touched with grief and sadness,
Others full of glee,
But there’s one that’s sweeter, dearer,
Than all other lays,
‘Tis the story told by angels,
In the olden days.

Sweet and joyous is the ringing,
Of the bells, Christmas bells,
Full of beauty is the story each one gladly tells,
Christmas bells, sweet bells.

2 Songs of almost heav’nly sweetness,
Fall upon my ear,
Happy songs of home and kindred,
Filling me with cheer,
One surpassing all the others,
In my soul doth ring,
‘Tis the song of peace and glory,
Christmas angels sing. [Refrain]

3 Many are the gifts I cherish,
Friendship’s token true,
Giving me exquisite pleasure,
As they meet my view,
But there’s one of priceless value,
Blessings to impart,
‘Tis the Christ child’s Christmas greeting,
Treasured in my heart. [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.5 #151

Author: Ada Blenkhorn

Ada Jane Blenkhorn Canada 1858-1927 Born in Cobourg, Ontario, the 10th of 11 children, she emigrated with her family to the U.S. In 1884 and settled in Cleveland, OH.. She was raised a Methodist, and began writing hymn lyrics at age 34. A prolific writer of hymn lyrics, she was about to give it up when a friend encouraged her to continue, telling her some soul might be saved by a hymn she would write. She worked for many years as secretary to her brother, Henry's, real estate company. After his death in 1923, she became president of the company. She never married. John Perry  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Many stories quaint and olden
Title: Christmas Bells
Author: Ada Blenkhorn
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sweet and joyous is the ringing
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #7960
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The Cyber Hymnal #7960

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