Tell Me the Sweet Story

Tell to me the sweet old story, Of the Babe of Bethlehem

Author: George W. Lyon
Tune: [Tell to me the sweet old story]
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Tell to me the sweet old story
Of the Babe of Bethlehem.
How He came to earth from Heaven
To redeem poor fallen men.

Open wide, ye pearly portals,
Let our songs of praise ascend
To the throne of our Redeemer—
Blessed Babe of Bethlehem.

2 Tell me of His pain and anguish
Out in dark Gethsemane;
Tell me of His bleeding, dying
On the cross of Calvary. [Refrain]

3 Tell me of His resurrection
And ascension from the tomb
To the height of endless glory,
Where He sits upon His throne. [Refrain]

4 Tell it o’er, and keep on telling;
Not the half can e’er be told,
Of the beauty and the grandeur,
That our eyes shall yet behold. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12743

Author: George W. Lyon

George Washington Lyon, born August 12, 1838 in DeKalb County, Georgia, was a musician, composer and music publisher and teacher; He died April 8, 1903 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dianne Shapiro, from Find A Grave ( and obituary, Atlantic Constitution, April 9, 1903 ( (accessed 7/5/2018) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Tell to me the sweet old story, Of the Babe of Bethlehem
Title: Tell Me the Sweet Story
Author: George W. Lyon
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Open wide, ye pearly portals
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #12743
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The Cyber Hymnal #12743

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