1. The bells are sweetly chiming,
Their music fills the air;
What message do they bring us
Upon this morning fair?
’Tis Christmas day! the glad bells say,
A Savior now is born,
By God’s great love sent from above
To cheer the world forlorn.
O wondrous birth! let all the earth
Receive the newborn King;
Oh, let us now with sacred vow
Our loyal tribute bring.
2. What mean these gifts abundant
That on this day we see?
For surely they mean something;
What may their import be?
’Tis Christmas day! these tokens say, [Refrain]
3. And why these smiling faces
Around the pretty tree?
What mean these joyous carols?
Pray tell us if you please.
’Tis Christmas day! these things all say, [Refrain]
Born: December 23, 1865, London (possibly Bethnal Green), England.
Died: October 24, 1935, Brooklyn, New York.
Lerman emigrated to America as a child (he does not appear in the 1871 British census), and was a member of the Olivet Memorial Church in New York City. He played the organ there (1880-1908), and later at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Borough Park Christian Church, and Fourth Avenue Methodist Church, all in Brooklyn. He wrote a considerable amount of church and Sunday School music, and served as musical editor for the Tullar-Meredith Company of New York City, and the Theodore Pressure Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Hughes, p. 472
Reynolds, p. 336
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Display Title: 'Tis Christmas DayFirst Line: The bells are sweetly chimingTune Title: [The bells are sweetly chiming]Author: Joseph W. LermanSource: JThe Bible School Hymnal, edited by Isaac H. Meredith & Grant C. Tullar (New York: Tullar-Meredith Company, 1907), number 217