Scripture Verse

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


Words & Mu­sic: Ma­bel J. Ro­se­mon & Grant C. Tul­lar (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when this song was writ­ten, or where to get a good pho­to of Ro­se­mon (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Grant C. Tullar (1869–1950)


Over Bethl’em’s hill­side beamed a glo­ri­ous star,
With its ra­di­ant beau­ty all so fair
Led the won­drous wise men to the man­ger bed,
Where the King of kings was cra­dled there.


Waiting shep­herds with their flocks at mid­night
Saw the ra­di­ance flood­ing o’er the earth,
Heard the heav’n­ly hosts in chor­us sing­ing
Blessèd news of Christ the Sav­ior’s birth.
Earth re­spond­ed to that heav’n­ly mes­sage,
Peace on earth, good­will, good­will to men;
In ex­ult­ant strain the chor­us end­ed;
O that earth might hear that song again!

On that night the an­gel bands with loud ac­claim
Brought the earth the words of joy and peace,
Telling of the Sav­ior who to earth came down
And His love that ne­ver more shall cease.


Blessèd hap­py tid­ings to the world pro­claim:
Christ the King eter­nal comes to­day;
Comes to earth so low­ly as a lit­tle child,
In our hearts in peace and love to stay.


Peace on earth, good-will to men the an­gels sang
On that Christ­mas night so long ago,
When the ho­ly babe was born in Beth­le­hem
That the world God’s match­less love might know.