Happy Christmas: Ring Out, ye bells!

Christmas Carol by Paul L Dunbar  

Ring out, ye bells!

   All Nature swells
With gladness at the wondrous story,—
   The world was lorn,
   But Christ is born
To change our sadness into glory.

   Sing, earthlings, sing!
   To-night a King
Hath come from heaven's high throne to bless us.
   The outstretched hand
   O'er all the land
Is raised in pity to caress us.

   Come at his call;
   Be joyful all;
Away with mourning and with sadness!
   The heavenly choir
   With holy fire
Their voices raise in songs of gladness.

   The darkness breaks
   And Dawn awakes,
Her cheeks suffused with youthful blushes.
   The rocks and stones
   In holy tones
Are singing sweeter than the thrushes.

   Then why should we
   In silence be,
When Nature lends her voice to praises;
   When heaven and earth
   Proclaim the truth
Of Him for whom that lone star blazes?

   No, be not still,
   But with a will
Strike all your harps and set them ringing;
   On hill and heath
   Let every breath
Throw all its power into singing!


I found out about this poem in a very helpful Guardian
article on Christmas poems; you can find it here

Top 10 Christmas poems | Poetry | The Guardian

and learn more about the author

The picture shows the crib in a religious community near where I live.
With thanks to TKR for the photo


  1. Have a wonderful Christmas, Moira! Thanks very much for sharing your blog with us this year, and all the best to you and your family for 2024!

    1. Thank you Margot and same good wishes to you and yours!

  2. Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year to you, too.

  3. Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year!

    1. Happy Christmas to you and yours, and look forward to more good reading in 2024


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