There were…shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.@Luke 2:8
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Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)
© National Portrait Gallery

Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924); appeared in Carols Old and Carols New, by Charles L. Hutchins (Boston, Massachusetts: Parish Choir, 1916).

Lesneven, composer unknown (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

The winds were wailing o’er the wold,
The frosted earth lay white;
The stars were sparkling keen and cold
All in the wintry night;
When lo! the heavens blazed as gold,
And all was radiant light.

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Noël! Noël! the Babe is born
In Bethlehem this day.

The shepherds were crouching o’er the fire
On pipes of straw did play;
When lo! broke forth the angel choir,
And night was turned to day.
The heav’ns rejoice! Let earth admire
The tidings they did say.

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For unto us a child is born,
A king of David’s race,
With peace to every hearth and home,
And men in every place;
For Satan’s cruel reign is done,
Begun the reign of grace.

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United, ye Christian people all,
In hymns of holy mirth;
Bring voice of praise, and suppliant call
Emmanuel on earth!
Behold the manger, prostrate fall,
And hail the heav’nly birth.

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