The Bells of Christmas

Christmas Eve 2013
After my parents retired and moved from the bakery, they moved to a country area close by and started going to a small country church. The pastor there became a good friend and he knew how much my parents loved hearing a Danish hymn for Christmas…so, every Christmas Eve this particular hymn would be one of the hymns sung. The Bells of Christmas by Grundtvig. I can see my parents’ eyes of sheer delight when the music would start and they would sing together…the Danish lyrics.

The Bells of Christmas(Det Kimer nu til Julefest) 1817
by Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig

1. The bells of Christmas chime once more,
The heavenly guest is at the door
He comes to earthly dwelling still
With new year gifts of peace, good will

2. This world though wide and far outspread,
Could scarcely find for you a bed
Your cradle was a manger stall
No pearl no silk no kingly hall

3. Now let us go with quiet mind,
The swaddled babe with shepherds find,
To gaze on him who gladdens them
The lovliest flow’r of Jesse’s stem

4. Oh join with me, in gladness sing,
To keep our Christmas with our King,
Until our song, from loving souls,
Like rushing mighty water rolls!

5. O patriarchs’ Joy, O prophets’ Song
O Dayspring bright, awaited long
O son of Man, incarnate Word
Great David’s Son, great David’s Lord

6. Come, Jesus, glorious heav’nly guest,
And keep your Christmas in our breast
Then David’s harpstrings, hushed so long,
Shall swell our jubilee of song.

After church service, we would come home, put the tree on, music on and have coffee and a piece of Julekage with butter and jam and just be hygge(cosy)the bells of Christmas with being together and knowing that it was Julaften, talking about family members still in Denmark and memories of the past.
Wishing you a most holy night…the bells of Christmas ring once more…
til next time…Eva

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