The Christmas bells

Ring the bells, the Christmas bells, Chime out the wondrous story

Author: Mary C. Seward
Tune: [Ring the bells, the Christmas bells] (Brown)
Published in 26 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Ring the bells, the Christmas bells;
Chime out the wondrous story;
First in song on Angel tongues
It came from realms of glory;
Peace on earth, good-will to men,
Angelic voices ringing--
Christ the Lord to earth has come,
His glorious message bringing.

Ring the merry Christmas bells;
Chime out the wondrous story;
Glory be to God on high,
For evermore be glory.

2 Wise men hastened from the East
To bring their richest treasures--
Gold, and myrrh, and frankincense,
And jewels without measure.
Him they sought, although a King,
They found in birthplace lowly,
There within a manger lay
The Babe so pure and holy. [Chorus]

3 Earthly crowns were not for Him;
He came God's love revealing;
On the Cross He died for us,
His blood forgiveness sealing.
'Tis the Saviour promised long,
Ring out your loudest praises;
Every heart this happy day
Its grateful anthems raises. [Chorus]

Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #288

Author: Mary C. Seward

Born: July 9, 1839, New Lon­don, Con­nec­ti­cut. Died: Cir­ca Sep­tem­ber 1919, on a train go­ing to Buf­fa­lo, New York. [Pseudonym: Ag­nes Bur­ney.] Daughter of Will­iam H. and Sar­ah La­tham Ash­bey Cog­ges­hall, Ma­ry was ed­u­cat­ed at the Fe­male Acad­e­my in Nor­wich, Con­nec­ti­cut, and marr­ied com­pos­er The­o­dore Sew­ard in 1860. She be­longed to the In­ter­na­tion­al Sun­shine So­ci­e­ty; the So­ro­sis Club of New York Ci­ty; the Wo­man’s Club of Ora­nge, New Jer­sey; was twice pre­si­dent of the Na­tion­al So­ci­e­ty of New Eng­land Wo­men; and was pre­si­dent of the Blind Ba­bies’ Hos­pi­tal in Sum­mit, New Jer­sey. As of 1914, she was liv­ing in East… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ring the bells, the Christmas bells, Chime out the wondrous story
Title: The Christmas bells
Author: Mary C. Seward
Refrain First Line: Ring the merry Christmas bells



Instances (1 - 26 of 26)
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Augsburg Songs No. 2: for Sunday schools and other services #113

Augsburg Songs, Nos. l and 2 Combined #d255

Biglow & Main's Christmas Annual No. 9 #d4

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Chapel Treasures (Christ Chapel Sabbath-School, Lebanon, PA) #327

Children's Hymns with Tunes #d121

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Hosanna for the Sunday School #110

Hymnal for children #d178

Hymns with Music for Children #d184

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In Excelsis for School and Chapel #83

In Excelsis for School and Chapel. l7th ed. #d203

Our Treasury of Song, for Use in the Emmanuel Baptist Church #d222

Perennial Songs #d168

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Pilgrim Songs for the Sunday School #161

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School and Parish Hymnal: with tunes #65

The Chapel Hymnal with Tunes #d147

The New Children's Hymnal #d235

The Sunday School Serial No.1 #d21

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #528

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Triumphant Songs No.2 #152

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Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #288

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