Scripture Verse

Shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:18

Introduction

Words: An­on­y­mous, in The New Eng­land Sab­bath School Min­strel (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: New Eng­land Sab­bath School Un­ion, 1844), num­ber 93.

Music: Louvre, ar­ranged by Aar­on Coons, The New Song (New York: S. T. Gor­don & Son, 1875), pag­es 10–11 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Coons (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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

Lyrics

Shepherds keeping watch by night,
Saw around a glorious light;
Heard an angel then proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Refrain

Ring the merry songs today,
Sweetly chime Messiah’s morn;
Glad we hail this peaceful way,
Christ the Lord for man is born!

Soon by many a heav’nly tongue
Glory be to God was sung,
Peace on earth, good will to men,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

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Joyful tidings to mankind!
Richest grace they now may find;
Children, too, this grace may claim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

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Oh! how great His grace and love,
Thus to leave His throne above;
Thus to bear our guilt and shame,
And be born in Bethlehem.

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Lord! accept our warmest praise
For this condescending grace,
And our hearts with love inflame,
For Thy birth in Bethlehem.

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