Scripture Verse

Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12

Introduction

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Adoration of the Shepherds
Gerard van Honthorst
1590–1656

Words: Mar­ga­ret B. Mor­ton, in the Kin­der­gar­ten Re­view (Spring­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Mil­ton Brad­ley), vol­ume 21, num­ber 4, De­cem­ber 1910, pag­es 232–33.

Music: Nar­bonne Mar­ga­ret B. Mor­ton, 1910 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Come to the manger, follow the star,
Leading the wise men on from afar.
Gifts they are bringing, costly and fine;
Seeking the Christ Child, the Light divine.

Refrain

Swing low, swing low, star in the sky,
Guarding the Christ Child, watching on high;
Swing low, swing low, star in the sky,
Guarding the Christ Child, watching on high.

Low lies His cradle; shepherds draw near
Kneeling in wonder, voices they hear.
Angelic singing fills all the air;
Joy Thou art bringing, O Child most fair.

Refrain

Sleep, little Christ Child, Love watches near;
We guard Thy slumber, we hold Thee dear.
Led by the star of Thy life to the light,
We sing Thy welcome, Christ Child, tonight.

Refrain