Scripture Verse

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

Introduction

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J. Lincoln Hall
(1866–1930)

Words: Al­ice J. Clea­tor, in The Ser­vice of Praise, by Lin­coln Hall et al. (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1900), num­ber 153.

Music: J. Lin­coln Hall (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

Long, long ago, some shepherds,
Out on Judean plains,
Heard, from within the heavens,
Sweetest of angel strains.

Refrain

O shepherds, hasten onward,
Beneath the starry dome;
For lo! the promised Savior—
The Prince of Peace is come!
O shepherds, hasten onward
And join the glorious song,
Of Glory to God, glory to God,
Glory be to God.

Look up, O wondering shepherds,
Bowed low in deep amaze;
Hear what the hosts are singing,
From out the starry ways.

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Lo! ’Tis a shining angel,
Bids you this wondering cease,
List to the herald tidings,
’Tis of the Prince of Peace.

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See! ’Tis a flaming splendor,
Follow its guiding light;
Joyful, O shepherds, hasten,
On thro’ illumined night.

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On to the holy city,
Where in a rapture sweet,
Kneel, and with angels worship,
There at the Savior’s feet.

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