Why ring these merry bells today? (Adam Geibel)

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  • CPDL #05145:        (Finale 2003)
Editor: Christian Steiner (submitted 2003-05-27).   Score information: A3, 3 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Why Ring These Merry Bells Today?
Composer: Adam Geibel

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Description:

External websites:

More information on the various variations of this carol:

http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/why_ring_these_merry_bells_today.htm

Original text and translations

English.png English text

1.
Why ring these merry bells today?
Why pour they forth their joyous lay?
It is the day our Christ was born.
The bright and happy Christmas morn.
And thus they bear the gladsome strain,
O'er hill and plain.

Chorus:
Then ring, ring, ring, ring,
Then ring, ye merry Christmas bells,
Then ring, ring ring, ye merry Christmas bells,
Then ring, ring, ring, ring,
Then ring, ye merry Christmas bells,
Then ring, ring, ring, ye merry Christmas bells,
Ye merry bells, ye merry bells, Christmas bells.

2.
Oh, should we not his praise proclaim,
And sing the glory of his name;
The angels came from heav'n above,
To tell the wonders of his love.
The prophets brought their gifts of gold,
And wealth untold.
Chorus.

3.
We'll twine the ivy wreath today,
And laurels strew along the way,
That all the world may know and see
What Christ has done for you and me;
That we, by showing forth our love,
its heart may move.
Chorus.

Lyrics: Mrs. A. Godshall