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On Eastern Plain Reclining

On eastern plain reclining

Author: Irvin H. Mack
Tune: [On eastern plain reclining]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 On eastern plain reclining,
In dark and stilly night,
The shepherds see the shining
Of glorious, heav’nly light.
To shepherds poor and lowly,
Amazed at such a sight;
They sang of Christ the holy,
His mission and his might.

Rejoice! ye sages hoary,
Repeat the wondrous story,
The Lord of life and glory
Is born our King today.

2 Thro’ long unnumbered aeons,
Vast multitudes unborn
Will sing in joyful paeans
Of Christ on Christmas morn.
As angels sang in glory
Of Christ, our Saviour’s birth,
So men shall chant the story
Of peace, good-will on earth. [Refrain]

Source: The Service of Praise #157

Author: Irvin H. Mack

Mack & Lincoln Hall founded the Hall-Mack Company music publishing house (later bought by the Rodeheaver Company). Mack’s works include: Boundless Love (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack Company, 1896) The Service of Praise, with Lincoln Hall et al. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hall-Mack Company, 1900)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On eastern plain reclining
Title: On Eastern Plain Reclining
Author: Irvin H. Mack
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Rejoice! ye sages hoary
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #8645
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The Cyber Hymnal #8645

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