Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Will­iam W. New­ton, The Voice of St. John, and Oth­er Po­ems (New York: An­son. D. F. Ran­dolph, 1881), pag­es 49–50.

Music: Sieh, Hier Bin Ich Geist­reich­es Ge­sang­buch (Darm­stadt, Ger­ma­ny: 1698) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William W. Newton
(1843–1914)

Lyrics

Long ago, in solemn midnight,
Shepherds watched upon the plain,
When a band of holy angels
Sang the earliest Christmas strain.

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Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Glory be to God on high!

Gently flowed the silent waters
In the stillness of the night,
And the glittering stars in heaven
Shone with pure and silvery light.

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Heav’n is opened, all its glory
Bursts across the eastern sky,
For the harmony of seraphs
Tells that Christ, the Lord, is nigh.

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Now the golden gates are open,
Enter ye, who love the Lord;
For the Savior’s love hath triumphed,
As He promised in His Word.

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Join the angels in their chorus,
Praise the Lord, who came to die;
Praises in the highest, praises;
Glory be to God on high.

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