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Ring Out the News

Sweet bells, ring on your Christmas song

Author: George C. Hugg
Tune: [Sweet bells, ring on your Christmas song]
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Sweet bells ring on your Christmas song,
The old, old story telling,
Of angels bright on plains of light,
And heav'nly chorus swelling.

Ring on, ring on,
ye blessed Christmas bells ring on,
Spread forth the news that Christ is born
On this sweet Christmas morn.

2 Ring "peace on earth, good-will to men,"
Dear Day-spring of salvation;
Ring near and far, o'er moor and fen,
Ring joy to ev'ry nation. [Chorus]

3 Ring Christ is born, on this sweet morn,
A babe in lowly manger;
While angel throng, with song up-borne,
Proclaim the newborn Stranger. [Chorus]

4 Ring out salvation full and free,
To ev'ry clime and nation,
Ring out the news to land and sea,
Glad tidings of salvation. [Chorus]

Source: Light in the Valley: a new work of great merit for the Sunday school, revivals, Christian Endeavor, Epworth League, young people's society, and all forward movement along the line of battle... #203

Author: George C. Hugg

George Crawford Hugg USA 1848-1907. Born near Haddonfield, NJ, he became choirmaster at the Berlin, NJ, Presbyterian Church at age 12. At age 14 he published his first song, “Walk in the light”, which became very popular. He married Anne E Ketchum, and they had a daughter, Evangeline. He served as choirmaster of the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, and also the Broad Street and Arch Street Methodist Episcopal Churches there. He was also closely associated with the Harper Memorial Presbyterian Church there. He was a prolific composer with over 2000 works, publishing 18 books of revival and Sunday school music, and 90 songs for special occasions (Christmas, Easter, etc.). He died in Philadelphia, PA. John Perry… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sweet bells, ring on your Christmas song
Title: Ring Out the News
Author: George C. Hugg
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Ring on, ring on
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #15331
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  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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The Cyber Hymnal #15331

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