Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: Les­lie Bain­bridge, in The Non­con­for­mist Mu­sic­al Jour­nal (Lon­don: Pa­ter­nos­ter Row), Vol­ume 15, Jan­u­a­ry-De­cem­ber 1902, page 253.

Music: Cham­per­ret Er­nest H. Smith (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

Whilst Bethlehem’s shepherds kept their flocks
All thro’ the starlit night,
An angel from the heav’ns drew near,
And sudden was their fright;
Fear not, he cried, be not afraid;
Good news I come to bring:
To you and all mankind is born
A Savior, and a king.

A throng of angels then began
Their voices sweet to raise,
Whilst on the ground the shepherds lay
To hear their songs of praise;
All glory be to God on high
Th’enraptured seraphs sing,
Peace on the earth, good will to men,
All hail, the newborn King!

To Bethlehem quick the shepherds ran
To seek the wondrous Child,
And found Him in a lowly shed,
With Mary, mother mild;
Their voices then they turned on high
To glorify their God,
And told how they had seen that day
Their Savior, Christ the Lord.