Scripture Verse

There were…shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8


Words: From the Ger­man, by James V. Blake, in The Ca­rol, ed­it­ed by Charles W. Wendte (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1886), num­ber 229.

Music: Teu­to­burg For­est Ger­man tune, be­fore 1887 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Blake (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Angel Appearing Before the Shepherds
Thomas Buchanan Read, 1870


As I kept watch beside my sheep,
An angel brought me news to keep.
He said, There shall be born this night
A little child of love and light.


Glory on high, and peace below,
O Benedicamus Domino!

He said, The Child lies in the stall,
But He shall bless the wide world all.

I saw the stall and holy Child;
I could not leave that presence mild.


The Child upon me turned His eye,
And in His hand my heart laid I.
When I went home the Child with me
Went, and would never parted be.


O holy Child, I hallow Thee,
And joyful is my heart in me.
Glory on high, and peace below,
O Benedicamus Domino!