Belfry Praise (2020) provides updated words to the popular bellringers' hymn. The new words were adapted from the original by Laura E. Goodin, a bellringer at St James' Old Cathedral, Melbourne. The original words are from 1904 and available here.

Words: St Bees Bell Ringers Hymn
Tune: AUSTRIA 87.87 D Adapted from Franz Joseph Haydn 1732-1809

Angel voices from the steeple
Throbbing through the sunlit air
Call to-day a joyful people
To their house of praise and prayer
Labourers in far fields may hear them,
Shepherds listen on the fells,
Ring aloud to bless and cheer them!
Rock and ring ye happy bells!

Bells! Week in week out, be preachers,
Calling men to watch and pray,
Bid the chiming hours as teachers,
Warn us that we cannot stay
Send the Christmas message flying
Sound the Easter memories clear,
When the sad old year is dying
Welcome in the glad new year.

Speed the news to rouse a nation
Echoing down the country side,
Speak your sure congratulation
To the bridegroom and the bride,
And when men whole tears are falling
To the quiet churchyard come,
Toll the bell whose solemn calling,
Brings the worn and weary home.

O Lord God to whom we bring them-
Sons of fire and moulder's art.
Fill with fire the hands that ring them,
Mould anew each listener's heart
Till, like bells within a steeple,
Sounding forth with sweet accord,
Ringers, singers, priests and people
Make one voice to praise the Lord

Links to various ringing songs and hymns may be found here and here.

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Image © Andrew Treloar, 2006