1. Ring out, ye bells, your music tells
Once again the story
Of that sweet Child, who, undefiled,
Came from realms of glory;
Ring in the King who comes to bring
The reign of God on earth,
A world of peace and righteousness,
The old world’s second birth.
2. Ring in the star that shines from far
God’s own light bestowing;
No other light can break our night,
Heav’n’s own dawn foreshowing;
It turns above with God’s dear love,
A love that naught can dim,
’Twill burn and shine, that light divine,
Till all are drawn to Him.
3. Ring on, ye bells, your music tells
Human love is growing;
That strifes will cease, and tides of peace
Up the world come flowing:
Ring in that sea of harmony,
That flood of human love,
O’er whose still breast once more will rest
The Spirit like a dove.
4. What though your spells, ye Christmas bells,
Ages have been ringing,
And angels bright through sin’s long night,
Christmas carols singing;
Still ring your chime, till every clime
Has heard the angel throng,
And every sound is lost and drowned
In their eternal song.
Boulding was born on October 21, 1841 at Westminster St. Margaret, Middlesex, England. He was a Baptist minister in Tottenham Court Road and authored several manuscripts. He died on March 18, 1929 in Chiswick, London, England.
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Display Title: Ring Out, Ye BellsFirst Line: Ring out, ye bells, your music tellsTune Title: CAPE HATTERASAuthor: J. Wimsett BouldingMeter: CMSource: Christmas Carols, by James M. McLaughlin (Boston, Massachusetts: Ginn and Company, 1915), number 3