Scripture Verse

Do not pass by Your servant. Genesis 18:3

Introduction

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Elizabeth C. Kinney
(1810–1889)

Words: Eliz­a­beth C. Kin­ney, from the po­em The Ad­vent, in her book Po­ems (New York: Hurd & Hough­ton, 1867), pag­es 78–80.

Music: St. De­nio Welsh tune, from Can­ai­dau y Cys­segr, by John Ro­berts, 1839 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Shepherds Abiding in the Fields
Carl H. Bloch (1834–1890)

Lyrics

Night’s canopy over Judea now hung;
The harp of the minstrel lay still and unstrung;
The shepherds together sat watching the fold,
While round them reigned darkness and silence and cold.

And now, in their midst, shines an angel of light—
Quick vanishes fear at the radiant sight!
And hark, in the words of their own native tongue,
Good tidings of joy by the angel are sung!

This day, in the city of David is born
A Savior, whose birth is redemption’s glad morn;
No longer through darkness and doubt shall ye grope,
In Bethlehem’s manger lies Israel’s hope!

A chorus angelic re-echoes in Heav’n
The glorious news to the meek shepherds giv’n—
Peace, peace and good will unto earth! is their song,
While praises to God the long pæn prolong.