Scripture Verse

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


Words: J. F. War­ner, 1849. Pub­lished in The De­vo­tion­al Har­mo­nist, ed­it­ed by Charles Ding­ley (New York: George Lane & Le­vi Scott, 1851), page 373.

Music: Asa Hull, Hap­py Greet­ings (New York: Asa Hull, 1888), page 150 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know War­ner’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Asa Hull


Silent night! hallowed night!
Land and deep silent sleep.
Softly glitters bright Bethlehem’s star,
Beckoning Israel’s eye from afar,
Where the Savior is born,
Where the Savior is born.

Silent night! hallowed night!
On the plain wakes the strain,
Sung by heavenly harbingers bright,
Filled with tidings of boundless delight,
Jesus, the Savior has come,
Jesus, the Savior has come.

Silent night! hallowed night!
Earth awake, silence break.
High your chorus of melody raise;
Sing to Heaven in anthems of praise,
Peace forever shall reign,
Peace forever shall reign.