A Kirkdale Carol - Ring out O bells!

THE FRIENDS OF ST GREGORY’S MINSTER KIRKDALE

kirkdale compositions

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A Kirkdale Carol - Ring out O bells!

Based on Kimer, I Klokker! by N.F.S. Grundtvig (1856), melody by Henrik Rung (1857)


1.  Ring out, O bells!

O ring out while the world yet lies darkling!

Shimmer, O stars,

like the light in the angels' eyes sparkling!

Peace comes to earth,

peace from God through His Word's birth!

- Glory to God in the highest!

 

2.  Clear through the dark

of the dale let the tidings go winging,

tidings of joy

which this night holy angels come bringing,

tidings of old:

Born is he whom seers foretold!

- Glory to God in the highest!

 

3.  Christmas is come

as a solstice to hearts that were fearful.

Christmas and Child,

Son of God, where the angels sing cheerful -

all is God's gift,

bidding us our hearts uplift!

- Glory to God in the highest!

 

4. Children of earth

clap your hands and come dancing and singing!

Raise up your voices

till earth's furthest corners are ringing!

Now is the Child

born of God's great mercy mild!

- Glory to God in the highest!

 

5.  Neighbour and friend! -

now embrace with each thrice-welcome stranger,

all for the love

of the Child that is born in the manger.

Sing, sing again:

Peace on earth, goodwill to men;

- Glory to God in the highest!

 

6.  Forth from his crib

let us go as the shepherds of story,

sharing the gift of his grace and the light of his glory.

Sing, sing along

with the Christmas angels' song:

- Glory to God in the highest!

 


Copyright S.A.J.Bradley & Trustees of St Gregory's Minster Kirkdale 2010

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