~Ring the Bells of Heaven!
Orcott Cushing was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1823. After many
successful years in the pastorate, he lost his power of speech. In this
time of despair, he prayed, “Lord, give me something to do for
prayer was answered, and it seemed as though God gave him the unusual
gift of writing the catchy, Sunday School type of songs. He worked
closely with such gospel musicians as Ira Sankey, Robert Lowry, George
F. Root and others.
the melody was written for a secular song.
when Cushing heard the melody, he wrote—
melody ran in my head all day long, chiming and flowing in its sweet
musical cadence. I wished greatly that I might secure this tune for use
in the Sunday School and for other Christian purposes.
when I heard of some sinner that had returned, it seemed like such a
glad day with the very bells of heaven ringing in my soul. Then the
words, ‘Ring the Bells Of Heaven,’ at once flowed down into
this waiting melody.”
Cushing is also the author of “Hiding In Thee,” “When He
Cometh,” as well as such other favorites as “Under His Wings,” and
“Down In the Valley With My Savior I Would Go.”
Ring the Bells
Ring the bells of heaven! there is joy today
a soul, returning from the wild!
the Father meets him out upon the way,
His weary, wand’ring child.
Ring the bells of heaven! there is joy today,
the wand’rer now is reconciled.
a soul is rescued from his sinful way,
is born anew, a ransomed child.
Ring the bells of heaven! spread the feast today!
swell the glad, triumphant strain!
the joyful tidings; bear it far away,
a precious soul is born again.
Chorus Glory! glory! how the
glory! how the voices ring!
the ransomed army, like a mighty sea,
forth the anthem of the free.
Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos
Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.