1 The merry bells are gaily ringing, hear their joyous chime,
They welcome in the Hope of nations born this Christmas time;
While choirs of angels sing exulting, let our voices rise
In notes of praise to the eternal Lord of earth and skies.
Hail! all hail! blessed birth,
The blest desire of every nation comes at last to earth;
Hail! all hail! Christ your King,
The Holy One, the Great Redeemer, life and light doth bring.
2 Repeat to all the wondrous tidings, sweetest ever heard,
The Shiloh cometh to His temple; God redeems His word;
In human form He now descendeth, Mystery of love,
O hail the source of every blessing, throned in light above. [Refrain]
3 Awake! awake! ye slumb’ring nations, Christ is at your door,
The Royal Babe of Behtl’hem’s manger, praise hi evermore;
All glory in the highest singing, now his pow’r confess,
Crown Him! the Prince of Peace triumphant, Lord of Righteousness. [Refrain]
Lizzie De Armond was a prolific writer of children's hymns, recitations and exercises. When she was twelve years old her first poem was published in the Germantown, Pa. Telegraph, however, it was not until she was a widow with eight children to support that she started writing in earnest. She wrote articles, librettos, nature stories and other works, as well as hymns.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >