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Song of the Shepherds

By the quiet waters flowing

Author: Judson W. Van DeVenter
Tune: [By the quiet waters flowing]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 By the quiet waters flowing,
In the boundless pastures green,
Rest we, as the daylight going,
Leaves a gloom upon the scene.
Silently our watches keeping
Thro’ the shades of eventide,
O’er the flocks now still and sleeping
Undisturbed and satisfied.

Sleep, gently sleep,
Sleep gently sleep.

2 One by one the stars appearing
In their never ending flight
Tell us of the morning nearing,
And illuminate the night.
As we watch them come unceasing,
One remains to grace the skies;
So we look with faith increasing,
For the Star of Hope to rise. [Refrain]

Source: The Service of Praise #165

Author: Judson W. Van DeVenter

Judson W. Van DeVenter was born 15 December 1855 on a farm near the village of Dundee, Mishigan. He was educated in the country and village schools, and at Hillsdale College. He later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. He wrote about 100 hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: By the quiet waters flowing
Title: Song of the Shepherds
Author: Judson W. Van DeVenter
Refrain First Line: Sleep, gently sleep
Publication Date: 1900
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


The Cyber Hymnal #9680
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