1. The Gospel bells are ringing,
Over land, from sea to sea:
Blessèd news of free salvation
Do they offer you and me.
For God so loved the world
That His only Son He gave;
Whosoe’er believeth in Him
Everlasting life shall have.
Gospel bells, how they ring;
Over land from sea to sea;
Gospel bells freely bring
Blessèd news to you and me.
2. The Gospel bells invite us
To a feast prepared for all;
Do not slight the invitation,
Nor reject the gracious call.
I am the Bread of life;
Eat of Me, thou hungry soul;
Tho’ your sins be red as crimson,
They shall be as white as wool. [Refrain]
3. The Gospel bells give warning,
As they sound from day to day,
Of the fate which doth await them
Who forever will delay.
Escape ye, for thy life;
Tarry not in all the plain,
Nor behind thee look, oh, never,
Lest thou be consumed in pain. [Refrain]
4. The Gospel bells are joyful,
As they echo far and wide,
Bearing notes of perfect pardon,
Thro’ a Savior crucified.
Good tidings of great joy
To all people do I bring,
Unto you is born a Savior,
Which is Christ the Lord and King. [Refrain]
Martin, Samuel Wesley, author of "The Gospel Bells are ringing" (The Gospel Message), was born at Plainfield, Illinois, Jan. 20, 1839.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >
Display Title: The Gospel BellsFirst Line: The Gospel bells are ringingTune Title: [The Gospel bells are ringing]Author: S. Wesley MartinSource: Crystal Songs, by O. F. Presbrey (Toledo, Ohio: W. W. Whitney, 1877)