1 Sweetly chime, loudly chime,
Peal again in rhythmic thyme!
Sweet and clear on the ear,
Chime, ye Easter bells so dear,
As ye ring, ever sing
Praises to our Savior King;
Ring today this glad lay,
“Jesus is the Life, the Way.”
Ring aloud thro’ ev’ry land and clime!
Ring with joy this happy Easter time!
Christ is risen, loud the chorus swells;
Chime on, chime on, merry Easter bells.
Ringing, ringing, sweetly ringing,
On this happy Eastertide;
Joyful news so sweetly bringing,
Peal the anthem far and wide,
Singing, singing, voices ever,
Herald Christ the risen King;
Glory to our living Savior—
Gladly make the welkin ring.
Ring on, sweet bells, ring on!
2 Ring, ye bells! hills and dells,
Clap your hands while music swells;
Glad hearts, sing; ever bring
Tribute to your Lord and King.
Sing glad strains, “Jesus reigns
Victor over death’s domains.”
Sweet bells ring, “Christ is King,
Death has lost his venomed sting.” [Refrain]
3 Music, swell! ev’ry bell
On this day the glad news tell;
“Tho’ He died, crucified,
Long the grave could not Him hide.”
Ring it out with a shout,
“Jesus put His foes to rout,
Broke death’s chain, rose again,
And today our King doth reign.” [Refrain]
Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church.
Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher.
For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >