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

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

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

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

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

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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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