1 Whene’er I hear the Christmas bells
Chime out across the snow,
My thoughts go back to Bethlehem,
Two thousand years ago.
I watch with humble shepherds there
At midnight calm and still,
While snowy flocks sleep peacefully
Upon the dew-kissed hill.
O Christmas bells, ring out, ring out
Your merry chimes today;
And bear us back to Bethlehem
Where Christ the Saviour lay.
2 Whene’er I hear the Christmas bells
Ring out so joyously,
The wondrous light which streamed from heav’n,
That night I seem to see.
I catch a glimpse of angels fair,
I hear the news they bring,
That in a lonely manger lies
The world’s expected King. [Refrain]
3 Whene’er I hear the Christmas bells
Ring out so sweet and clear,
The song the bright-winged angels sang
Methinks I still can hear:
“All glory in the highest be
Unto our God for aye;
Goodwill to men and peace on earth,
Upon this happy day.” [Refrain]
Display Title: O Christmas Bells, Ring Out!First Line: Whene’er I hear the Christmas bellsTune Title: LAKE DISTRICTAuthor: Minnie A. Greiner-EdingtonMeter: 86.86.86 DSource: Uplifted Voices (Philadelphia: Geibel & Lebman, 1901)