The Burden Of The Bells

Oh! the Christmas bells are ringing

Author: Fanny Crosby
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Oh! the Christmas bells are ringing,
All the world is wide awake,
And the chorus as it echoes
Makes the mighty steeples shake.
Miles away its tide is swelling,
As if it would never cease,
And the burden of its music
Is a rolling wave of peace.

2 All the leafless branches, swinging,
In the cold December air,
Soft are breathing forth its cadence
Like the murmur of a prayer;
And they bend above each other
With their wintry robes of fleece
In a gentle benediction
Breathing forth a hymn of peace.

3 So the pastor to his people,
On this blessèd Christmas day,
Gives a lesson full of meaning
For each one to take away;
And he gently bids the mourner,
Who from grief would seek release,
At the cross to drop his burden,
Where the Savior giveth peace.

4 Lo! the cross is full of healing,
And the crown is lying near
With its wealth of jewels, gleaming,
Like the sunlight of a tear.
And today our hearts will gladden—
May the echo never cease
As we sing our love of Jesus
Who will crown us with His peace.

5 "Peace on earth!" How dear the blessing
As it comes from Heaven and here
Drops its tenderness upon us
At the closing of the year.
So abiding in God’s keeping
With the bells, our hearts will chime
"Peace on earth!" Oh, gracious promise!
"Peace on earth, at Christmas time."

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8012

Author: Fanny Crosby

Pseudonymns: A.V., Mrs. A. E. Andrews, Mrs. E. A. Andrews, Mrs. E. L. Andrews, James L. Black, Henrietta E. Blair, Charles Bruce, Robert Bruce, Leah Carlton, Eleanor Craddock, Lyman G. Cuyler, D.H.W., Ella Dare, Ellen Dare, Mrs. Ellen Douglass, Lizzie Edwards. Miss Grace Elliot, Grace J. Frances, Victoria Frances, Jennie Garnett, Frank Gould, H. D. K., Frances Hope, Annie L. James, Martha J. Lankton, Grace Lindsey, Maud Marion, Sallie Martin, Alice Monteith, Mrs. N. D. Plume, Kate Smiley, Sallie Smith, J. L. Sterling, John Sterling, Julia Sterling, Ida Scott Taylor, Mary R. Tilden, Carrie M. Wilson, W.H.D. Frances Jane Crosby, the daughter of John and Mercy Crosby, was born in Southeast, Putnam County, N. Y., March 24, 1820. She became… Go to person page >

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First Line: Oh! the Christmas bells are ringing
Title: The Burden Of The Bells
Author: Fanny Crosby
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8012
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