Scripture Verse

Shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8


Words: Will­iam O. Bourne, in The Ev­er­green, by Theo­dore E. Per­kins & Tho­mas J. Cook (New York: F. J. Hunt­ing­ton, 1862).

Music: E. Moore (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Moore’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Bourne (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Watching on Ju­dea’s plain,
Shepherds spent their dewy night,
When there came a hea­ven­ly train,
In their robes of spot­less white;
Joyful news they brought to earth,
Long by pro­phet tongues fore­told,
Tidings of our Sav­ior’s birth,
Tuned with harps of shin­ing gold.


Glory in the high­est sing!
Glory be to God above!
Peace on earth we come to bring,
Unto men good will and love.

Let us raise an an­them now,
To the name of Christ our king,
And with joy and glad­ness bow,
While our youth­ful praise we sing,
Jesus is the child­ren’s friend;
He will hear their ear­nest pray­er;
He will lead them to the end
And will keep them in His care.


Let the joyful tid­ings fly
All the spac­ious earth around,
Till all lands be­neath the sky
Hear and love the ho­ly sound—
Till the Sav­ior’s name is known,
Friend, Re­deem­er, Prince of Peace,
And in rap­ture to His throne
Praise shall ev­er­more in­crease.