Scripture Verse

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Luke 2:8–9


Words: Tra­di­tion­al French ca­rol (Chan­tons, Ber­ger, No­ël, No­ël). Trans­lat­or un­known.

Music: Be­san­çon tra­di­tion­al French me­lo­dy (🔊 pdf nwc).



Shepherds! Shake off your drow­sy sleep,
Rise and leave your sil­ly sheep;
Angels from Heav’n around loud sing­ing,
Tidings of great joy are bring­ing,


Shepherds! The chor­us come and swell!
Sing Now­ell, O sing Now­ell!

Hark! Ev­en now the bells ring ’round;
Listen to their mer­ry sound!
Hark! How the birds new songs are mak­ing,
As if win­ter’s chains were break­ing,


Cometh at length the age of peace,
Strife and sor­row now shall cease;
Prophets fore­told the won­drous sto­ry
Of this Hea­ven-born Prince of glo­ry,


Shepherds! Then up and quick away!
Seek the Babe ere break of day;
He is the hope of ev­ery na­tion,
All in Him shall find sal­va­tion,