Now Bells Are Ringing Far And Wide

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1 Now bells are ringing far and wide,
Their peals to the sky ascending;
Great gladness, like a swelling tide,
Each Sunday to heav'n is wending.

2 They sound the songs of praise and prayer,
While angels in heaven listen;
It was a Sunday morning fair,
When Jesus broke down our prison.

3 He in the gloomy grave went down,
And passed to the realms of spirits;
He rose to bring His saints the crown
Of life and of wondrous merits.

4 The Joy of men by death was bound;
But now we rejoice forever,
The joy that Sunday morning crowned
Departs from God's children never.

5 An angel watched the open tomb,
While palms in the sun did glisten,
And pointed from its fear and gloom
To Christ from the dead arisen.

6 The joy of men was great that day,
But greater the joy of heaven,
For Christ, our Lord and King for aye,
Had life to His children given.

7 God's children lift to Him their prayer,
While angels in heaven listen.
It was a Sunday morning fair,
When Jesus broke down our prison.



Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #17

Author: Bernhard Severin Ingemann

Ingemann, Bernhardt Severin, was born at Thor Kildstrup, Island of Falster, May 28, 1789. From 1822 to his death in 1862, he was Professor of the Danish Language and Literature at the Academy of Sorö, Zealand, Denmark. He was a poet of some eminence. His collected works were pub, in 1851, in 34 volumes. Seven of his hymns translated into English are given in Gilbert Tait's Hymns of Denmark, 1868. The only hymn by him in English common use is:— Igjennem Nat og Traengael. Unity and Progress. It is dated 1825, and is given in the Nyt Tillaeg til Evangelisk-christelig. Psalmebog, Copenhagen, 1859, No. 502. In its translated form as "Through the night of doubt and sorrow," by the Rev. S. Baring-Gould, it has become widely known in most Eng… Go to person page >

Translator: P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

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First Line: Now bells are ringing far and wide
Title: Now Bells Are Ringing Far And Wide
Danish Title: Nu ringer alle Klokker mod Sky
Author: Bernhard Severin Ingemann
Translator: P. C. Paulsen
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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