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Come, all ye shepherds, ye children of earth

Come, all ye shepherds, ye children of earth

Translator: Mari Ruef Hofer (1912)
Published in 18 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Come, all ye shepherds, ye children of earth,
Come ye, bring greetings to yon heavenly birth.
For Christ the Lord to all men is given,
To be our Savior sent down from heaven:
Fear ye him not!

2 Hasten then, hasten to Bethlehem’s stall,
There to discover the heavenly call.
With holy feeling, there humbly kneeling,
We will adore him, bow down before him,
Worship the King.

3 Angels and shepherds together we go,
Seeking the Savior from all earthly woe,
While angels winging, his praises singing,
Heaven’s echoes ringing, peace on earth bringing,
Good will to men.

Source: Children's Hymnal #169

Translator: Mari Ruef Hofer

Born: July 18, 1858/9, Littleport, Iowa. Died: December 31, 1929, Bakersfield, California (she died while traveling by train from Los Angeles, California, to Portland, Oregon). Hofer was educated at the Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Seminary and the University of Chicago. She taught music in the public schools of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; and Rochester, Minnesota. She also taught at the Pestalozzi-Froebel Teacher’s College, Chicago; the University of California, the University of Georgia, and the University of Tennessee, and managed musical programs for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Her works include: Christmas in Peasant France (Chicago, Illinois: Clayton F. Summy, 1900) Children’s Singing Games Old and Ne… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Come, all ye shepherds, ye children of earth
German Title: Kommet, ihr Hirten, ihr Männer und Fraun
Translator: Mari Ruef Hofer (1912)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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