11944. Shepherds Watching On The Plain

1 Shepherds, watching on the plain,
Heard a strange, sweet story,
And a glad, angelic strain
From the choir of glory.

2 "Glory" was their theme that morn,
Peace on earth, from Heaven;
For to you a king is born,
And a Savior given.

3 Wise men journeyed far to bring—
His bright star espying—
Presents to the infant King,
In a manger lying.

4 We, O Savior! too, would bring
Gifts of love unfeigning,
To our prophet, priest and king,
Now in glory reigning.

5 Lord, accept our humble praise
From Thy throne low bending;
Hear with gracious ear the lays
From our lips ascending.

6 Tune our hearts with sweet accord
As we raise our voices,
Thus to praise the risen Lord,
In whom earth rejoices.

7 In His name and through His love,
Come we, gladly singing
Songs of praise, to float above—
Sweetly upward winging.

8 May we sing these songs of joy
Till earth ties shall sever!
Then Thy praise our tongues employ
In the blest forever.

Text Information
First Line: Shepherds, watching on the plain
Title: Shepherds Watching On The Plain
Author: R. T. Wiley
Meter: 76.76
Language: English
Source: Songs of Rejoicing, by Frederick Fillmore (Cincinnati: Fillmore Brothers, 1888)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: R. T. Wiley (1888)
Meter: 76.76
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

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