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Echoes of Bethlehem

Ring out, ye bells, your merry lay

Author: J. Howard Entwisle
Tune: [Ring out, ye bells, your merry lay]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Ring out, ye bells, your merry lay,
Ring sweetly on the ear;
Ring out with notes of gladness
That all the world may hear,
Tell the blessed story
Of how the brilliant star
Arrayed the path in floods of light
For shepherds from afar.

Ring out the tidings, the Saviour now is born,
Go swell the chorus this bright Christmas morn;
Joy bells are ringing the glad jubilee,
Heav’n joyful message, “Salvation is free.”

2 Ring out anew the angel’s song
Of “Peace, goodwill to men;
The song of heav’nly sweetness
That rang o’er Bethlehem.
Peal the joyous accents
The sacred song of old,
While all the arches of the sky
Their beauties rare unfold. [Refrain]

3 Peal on, ye bells, upon the ear
Your music floats today,
And waiting hearts re-echo
Your song with merry lay;
While the hills of Judah
Send back the glad reply,
And greet with sacred melody
The Day-spring from on high. [Refrain]

Source: The Service of Praise #164

Author: J. Howard Entwisle

J Howard Entwisle USA 1865-1901. Born in PA, he became a musician and songbook editor-compiler in Philadelphia, PA, in the 1890s. He collaberated with William J Kirkpatrick, also of Philadelphia, promoting gospel songs. He helped compile “Songs of love and praise #4”, then later “Songs of love and praise #5”. Other published works were: “Bright melodies” (1899), “Heavenly sunlight” (1900), “Exalted praise” (1901). He died in Philadelphia. John Perry  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ring out, ye bells, your merry lay
Title: Echoes of Bethlehem
Author: J. Howard Entwisle
Refrain First Line: Ring out the tidings, the Savior now is born
Publication Date: 1900
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8894
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The Cyber Hymnal #8894

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