The Bells are Ringing

On the Eastern plain the flocks are sleeping

Author: C. Austin Miles
Tune: [On the Eastern plain the flocks are sleeping]
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On the Eastern plain the flocks are sleeping,
Are sweetly sleeping, are sweetly sleeping;
O'er them faithful shepherds watch are keeping,
While sweetest music fills the air.

The bells are ringing, sweetly ringing,
The mercy, mercy bells, the Christmas bells;
The bells are ringing, sweetly ringing,
The mercy bells, the Christmas bells.

2 Wondrous is the news their tones are telling,
Are softly telling, are softly telling;
Round the waiting earth in chorus swelling,
They tell of Jesus, born this day. [Chorus]

3 Still the message round the earth is ringing,
Is sweetly ringing, is sweetly ringing;
Nations to the King are tribute bringing,
To Christ, the Saviour, King of all. [Chorus]

Source: The Voice of Praise: a compilation of the very best sacred songs for us in Sunday Schools and praise services #206

Author: C. Austin Miles

Charles Austin Miles (1868-1946) Born: Jan­u­a­ry 7, 1868, Lake­hurst, New Jer­sey. Died: March 10, 1946, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia. Buried: Hill­crest Me­mor­i­al Park, Sew­ell, New Jer­sey. Pseudonym: A. A. Payn. Miles at­tende­d the Phil­a­del­phia Coll­ege of Phar­ma­cy and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­van­ia. In 1892, he aban­don­ed his ca­reer as a phar­ma­cist and wrote his first Gos­pel song, “List ’Tis Je­sus’ Voice” which was pub­lished by the Hall-Mack Com­pa­ny. He served as ed­i­tor and man­a­ger at the Hall-Mack pub­lish­ers for 37 years. In his own words: It is as a writ­er of gos­pel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most… Go to person page >

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First Line: On the Eastern plain the flocks are sleeping
Title: The Bells are Ringing
Author: C. Austin Miles


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