Ring bells of heaven sweet and clear

Ring bells of heaven sweet and clear

Author: John R. Clements
Tune: [Ring, bells of heaven, sweet and clear]
Published in 5 hymnals

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1 Ring, bells of heaven, sweet and clear,
A son comes home from wilds of sin;
Sound forth the joy notes far and near,
Swing wide the portal, let him.

Ring, bells of heaven,
Ring forevermore!
Ring, bells of heaven
Ring from shore to shore!
Ring, a happy welcome raise!
Ring, a joyful peal of praise!
Wand’rers are coming home,
Ring, thro’ endless days.

2 Ring, bells of heaven, loud and long,
Let joy abound on ev’ry hand;
Each voice break forth in sweetest song,
To welcome one from alien land. [Refrain]

3 Ring, bells of heaven, chime on chime,
Till all yon highest arches swell!
This is a holy, happy time,
Since safe the wand’rer, all is well. [Refrain]

4 Ring, bells of heaven! ne’er be dumb,
But ring your notes unceasingly,
Till ev’ry child shall homeward come,
And till the last enslaved is free. [Refrain]

Source: Williston Hymns #154

Author: John R. Clements

John R. Clements was born in County Armagh, Ireland 28 November 1868 and was brought to the United States at the age of two years. He worked at the age of thirteen as a retail grocery clerk and had a successful wholesale grocery business. He began writing poetry when he was young. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: Ring bells of heaven sweet and clear
Author: John R. Clements



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