Mary Mapes Dodge

1830-1905

 

Christmas Bells

by Mary Mapes Dodge

I'll play it!

One Christmas Eve a little maid
Into a fire-lit parlor strayed;
And there on a chair lay the pretty song
Her sister had sung her, -- Dingle-dong!
That rang like Christmas bells.
Dingle, dingle, ting, dong!
So sweet and clear, so warm and strong
Dingle, dingle, ting, dong!
Merry Christmas bells.

I'll play it! said the little maid;
The blaze is bright, I'm not afraid
I'll play it on the chair, and sing.

So down she sat, and dingle, ting,
The ready Christmas bells,
Dingle, dingle, ting, dong!
Sounded forth so sweet and long, --
Dingle, dingle, ting, dong!
Happy Christmas bells.

It's darker! thought the little maid;
But never mind, I'm not afraid!
For Jesus once, in Galilee,
Was just a little child like me.
He loves the Christmas bells.

Dingle, dingle, ting, dong!
O baby voice! so sweet and strong!
Dingle, dingle, ting, dong!
Holy Christmas bells!

Source:

Rhymes And Jingles
Copyright 1875
Scribner, Armstrong, And Company
 
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