Dear Friend of Hymnary,

As you know, we don't ask for money too often. But we're asking now.

So before you hit the "close" button on this box, please consider a donation to keep Hymnary going.

More than half a million people come here every month -- worship leaders, hymnologists, hymn lovers and more -- people who now have access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet thanks to this site. But keeping all of this afloat does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. So if you benefit from, would you please consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

You can make your tax-deductible contribution by clicking the Donate button below, or you can send a check to Hymnary at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary team,
Harry Plantinga

The Christ comes to earth

The merry bells are gaily ringing

Author: Lizzie DeArmond
Tune: [The merry bells are gaily ringing]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

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]

Source: Hymns We Love, for Sunday Schools and All Devotional Meetings #208

Author: Lizzie DeArmond

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 >

Text Information

First Line: The merry bells are gaily ringing
Title: The Christ comes to earth
Author: Lizzie DeArmond
Refrain First Line: Hail, all hail