What a Shout Was Heard!
Grace J. Frances
Hubert P. Main

What a shout was heard in the realms of light,
When peace and truth, descending,
With a marshaled host in their robes of white,
Sang praise to God on high.
O shout again, ye sons of men,
Sing praise to God above,
Till the utmost bounds of the world shall wake
One mighty song of love!

There was joy, great joy - 'twas a glorious sight,
The shepherd gazed in wonder
When the earth was filled with a splendor bright,
From God's eternal home.
Great joy today, O let it ring
As on that sacred morn,
When the angel band in a far-off land
Proclaimed the Saviour born.

CHORUS

Ring on! Ye bells, ye chiming bells,
Your tuneful measure swelling;
Ring on! Ye bells, ye chiming bells,
The grand old story telling.
What a shout was heard in the realms of light,
When peace and truth, descending,
With a marshaled host in their robes of white,
Sang praise to God on high.

(© 1880)