11534. Shepherds Keeping Watch By Night

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

Refrain:
Ring the merry songs today,
Sweetly chime Messiah’s morn;
Glad we hail this peaceful way,
"Christ the Lord for man is born!"

2 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. [Refrain]

3 Joyful tidings to mankind!
Richest grace they now may find;
Children, too, this grace may claim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem. [Refrain]

4 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. [Refrain]

5 Lord! accept our warmest praise
For this condescending grace,
And our hearts with love inflame,
For Thy birth in Bethlehem. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Shepherds keeping watch by night
Title: Shepherds Keeping Watch By Night
Author: Anonymous
Refrain First Line: Ring the merry songs today
Meter: 77.77 D
Language: English
Source: The New England Sabbath School Minstrel (Boston: New England Sabbath School Union, 1844)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: MADRID arranged by Benjamin Carr
Tune Information
Name: LOUVRE
Arranger: Aaron Coons (1875)
Meter: 77.77 D
Key: F Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain



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