Scripture Verse

Shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8

Introduction

Words: S. Oji­ma. Trans­lat­ed from Ja­pa­nese to Eng­lish by Kate I. Han­sen. In the re­frain, Koo­ree­soo­mah­soo is Ja­pa­nese for Christ­mas.

Music: Com­po­ser un­known (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the com­pos­er, Oji­ma’s full name, or where to get a good pic­ture of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you send us an e-mail?

portrait
Kate I. Hansen
(1879–1968)

Lyrics

Lowly shepherds of Judea,
On a winter’s night,
Heard a sound of angel voices,
Saw a wondrous light.

Refrain

O, merry, merry, merry,
Koo-ree-soo-mah-soo!
Let us all be very merry,
Koo-ree-soo-mah-soo!

Eastern wise men seeking Jesus,
Traveling from afar,
Just like us were filled with gladness,
When they saw His star.

Refrain

Friends today are keeping Christmas,
In America,
Brothers, sisters, singing with us,
Down in Africa.

Refrain

Transliteration of the Japanese:

Yoodahyah no hetsoo jee woe,
Kohoh hetoe moh,
Nohdohkahnee eewahee nok,
Kohe woe ta te.

Nan daka oohrashee
Kooreesoomahsoo,
Wahrarah moureshee,
Kooreesoomahsoo.