There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.@Luke 2:8
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J. Lincoln Hall (1866-1930)

Irvin H. Mack, The Service of Praise (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack, 1900), number 157.

J. Lincoln Hall (🔊 pdf nwc).

On eastern plain reclining,
In dark and stilly night,
The shepherds see the shining
Of glorious, heav’nly light.
To shepherds poor and lowly,
Amazed at such a sight;
They sang of Christ the holy,
His mission and His might.

Refrain

Rejoice! ye sages hoary,
Repeat the wondrous story,
The Lord of life and glory
Is born our king today.

Thro’ long unnumbered eons,
Vast multitudes unborn
Will sing in joyful paeans
Of Christ on Christmas morn.
As angels sang in glory
Of Christ, our Savior’s birth,
So men shall chant the story
Of peace, good will on earth.

Refrain