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Arise, Arise, the Morning Bells

Winner of ChoralArt's 2019 New England Carol Contest.

First performance: Dec. 7-8, 2019, Portland, ME by ChoralArt Singers, Robert Russell, Artistic Director.

Text by H. R. Haweis:

Arise, arise, the morning bells

Ring out the hymn of gladness;

Raise high the song of Paradise,

And cease the strain of sadness.

For Christ the Way, and Christ the Truth,

And Christ the Life is born today.

Farewell, farewell the night of sin,

Farewell the sleep of sorrow;

He who was with us in the past,

Shall be with us tomorrow.

For Christ the Way, and Christ the Truth,

And Christ the Life is born today.

Roll on, roll on the tide of praise,

Faint hearts break out in singing;

Lift up your heads, rejoice, rejoice,

These Christmas bells are ringing.

For Christ the Way, and Christ the Truth,

And Christ the Life is born today.