Why do bells at Christmas ring

Why do bells at Christmas ring

Author: Eugene Field
Tune: CHRISTMAS BELLS (Hofer)
Published in 9 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Why do bells at Christmas ring?
Why do little children sing?
Once a lovely shining star
Seen by wise men from afar,
Gently moved until its light
Made a manger cradle bright.

2 There a darling baby lay,
Pillowed soft upon the hay;
And the mother sang and smiled,
This is Christ, the Holy Child!
Therefore bells at Christmas ring;
Therefore little children sing.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9430

Author: Eugene Field

Field, Eugene, an American journalist who has written somewhat extensively for children, was born at St. Louis, Missouri, Sep. 2, 1850, educated at the University of Missouri, and died Nov. 4, 1895. His published works include Little Book of Western Verse, 1889; Second Book of Verse, 1891; and Love Songs of Childhood, 1894. A limited number of his hymns are in common use in America, and specimens of his verse are given in Horder's Treasury of American Sacred Song, 1900, pp. 283-287. See also "There burns a star o'er Bethlehem town." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Why do bells at Christmas ring
Author: Eugene Field

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #9430
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)

Instances

Instances (1 - 9 of 9)

Hymns for the King's Children #d24

Hymns for the King's Children #d139

Page Scan

Northfield Hymns for Young People #132

Primary and Junior Songs for the Sunday School #d32

Primary Songs for the Primary Class in the Sunday School. Rev.ed. #d98

Primary Songs No.3 #d78

Songs and Hymns for the Primary Sunday School #d25

The Children's Hymnal and Service Book #d194

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #9430

Exclude 8 pre-1979 instances
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