The Shepherds

Long, long ago, some shepherds

Author: Alice Jean Cleator
Tune: [Long, long ago, some shepherds]
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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Long, long ago, some shepherds,
Out on Judean plains,
Heard, from within the heavens,
Sweetest of angel strains.

O shepherds, hasten onward,
Beneath the starry dome;
For lo! The promised Saviour—
The Prince of Peace is come!
O shepherds, hasten onward
And join the glorious song,
Of “Glory to God,
Glory to God,
Glory be to God.”

2 Look up, O wond’ring shepherds,
Bowed low in deep amaze;
Hear what the hosts are singing,
From out the starry ways. [Refrain]

3 Lo! ’Tis a shining angel,
Bids you this wond’ring cease,
List to the herald’s tidings,
’Tis of the Prince of Peace. [Refrain]

4 See! ’Tis a flaming splendor,
Follow its guiding light,
Joyful, O shepherds, hasten,
On thro’ illumined night. [Refrain]

5 On to the Holy City,
Where in a rapture sweet,
Kneel, and with angels worship,
There at the Saviour’s feet. [Refrain]

Source: The Service of Praise #153

Author: Alice Jean Cleator

Alice Jean Cleator, 1871-1926 Born: Cir­ca 1871, An­dre­as, Isle of Man, Eng­land. Died: Cir­ca April 27, 1926, Cleve­land, Ohio. Cleator’s family ev­i­dent­ly em­igrat­ed to Amer­i­ca in the 1870’s. She was liv­ing in Clar­idon, Ohio, in 1880, & Geau­ga Coun­ty, Ohio, in 1900, 1910, & 1920. She taught school in New York Ci­ty, re­tir­ing some time be­fore 1915. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Long, long ago, some shepherds
Title: The Shepherds
Author: Alice Jean Cleator
Refrain First Line: O shepherds, hasten onward
Publication Date: 1900
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


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