A Christmas Carol

A Christmas carol that expresses the feelings of joy and peace that Christmas brings. John Imrie describes the emotions and sentiments that people feel at this time of year.

A Christmas Carol
by John Imrie

Ring out the merry Christmas bell
That tells of joy and gladness.
Our happy hearts with pleasure swell,
This is no time for sadness;
This is the crowning of the year,
A day of merry-making,
With feast and song our hearts we'll cheer,
All anxious cares forsaking.

*Twas Christmas-tide when Jesus lay
All lowly in a manger,
He came to take our sins away,
And save our souls from danger;
The shepherds on the hills at dawn
Heard angel-voices singing:
"Now peace on earth, goodwill to men.
We are this morning bringing."

'Tis eighteen hundred years and more
Since that glad Christmas morning,
Yet once a year, on every shore,
Are happy hearts adorning
The Christmas tree with presents rare,
Its dark-green boughs are laden.
And round it dance the children fair,
The lover and the maiden!

Oh! merry, happy Christmas Day,
For young and old together,
The very snow-flakes seem more gay,
Though bitter cold the weather;
As round the family fireside
The dear ones we are meeting,
Let peace and harmony abide,
With love each other greeting.

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