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Long years ago o'er Bethlehem's hills

Long years ago o'er Bethlehem's hills

Author: R. Leigh
Published in 7 hymnals

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1. Long years ago o’er Bethlehem’s hills
Was seen a wondrous thing;
As shepherds watched the sleeping flocks
They heard the angels sing.
The anthem rolled among the clouds
When earth was hushed and still;
Its notes proclaimed sweet peace on earth,
To all mankind good will.

Glory to God in the highest,
The angels’ song resounds,
Glory to God in the highest!

2. That song is sung by rich and poor,
Where’er the Christ is known;
’Tis sung in words, and sung in deeds,
Which bind all hearts in one.
Angels are still the choristers,
But we the shepherds are,
To bear the message which they bring,
To those both near and far: [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3906

Author: R. Leigh

Born: Jan­u­a­ry 20, 1839, Berk­shire, Ver­mont. Died: August 28, 1916. Buried: For­est­vale Cem­e­te­ry, Hel­e­na, Mon­ta­na. Brewer was ed­u­cat­ed at Hobart Coll­ege and General The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­a­ry, and was or­dained in 1866. He served as Rec­tor of Grace Church, Carthage, New York (1866-72) and Trin­i­ty Church, Wa­ter­town, New York (1872-80). He was con­se­crat­ed as Miss­ionary Bi­shop of Mon­ta­na in 1880, and was liv­ing in Hel­ena, Mon­ta­na, as of 1911.  Go to person page >

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First Line: Long years ago o'er Bethlehem's hills
Author: R. Leigh



The Cyber Hymnal #3906
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