|Text:||To Shepherds as They Watched by Night|
|Tune:||PUER NOBIS NASCITUR|
1 To shepherds as they watched by night
Appeared a host of angels bright;
Behold the tender Babe, they said,
In yonder lowly manger laid.
2 At Bethlehem, in David's town,
As Micah did of old make known;
'Tis Jesus Christ, your Lord and King,
Who doth to all salvation bring.
3 Oh, then rejoice that thro' His Son
God is with sinners now at one;
Made like yourselves of flesh and blood,
Your brother is th'eternal God.
4 What harm can sin and death then do?
The true God now abides with you.
Let hell and Satan rage and chafe,
Christ is your Brother--ye are safe.
5 Not one He will or can forsake
Who Him his confidence doth make.
Let all his wiles the Tempter try,
You may his utmost powers defy.
6 Ye shall and must at last prevail;
God's own ye are, ye cannot fail.
To God forever sing your praise
With joy and patience all your days.
|First Line:||To shepherds as they watched by night|
|Title:||To Shepherds as They Watched by Night|
|German Title:||Vom himmel kam der Engle Schar|
|Translator:||Richard Massie (1854, alt.)|
|Author:||Martin Luther (1543)|
|Topic:||The Church Year: Christmas|
|Name:||PUER NOBIS NASCITUR|
|Source:||"Musae Sioniae," VI, 1609|