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Proclaim the story

Shades of silent night dividing

Author: G. W. Druce
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Shades of silent night dividing,
Bursts the glory from above,
Down the stream of brightness gliding,
Comes the messenger of love;
To the shepherds lowly telling
Of the Christ expected long;
While the sudden anthem swelling
Fills the glowing heav'n with song.

2 Heav'n will guard their flocks from danger,
Scatter'd o'er the moist green sward,
While the swains to Bethl’m’s manger,
Hie to greet their new born Lord.
Awe and love maternal blending
Fill the Blessed Virgin's heart;
While with rev'rent gesture bending,
Kneel these humble men apart.

3 Not alone do men unlearned,
Bow the Holy Child before;
Sages who for truth long yearned,
Heav'n's true Sun at length adore.
So our songs proclaim a story
Kings of old have longed to know,
Tell of Christ, the Prince of Glory,
Born this night for high and low.

Source: The Helper in Sacred Song: for Sunday-schools, churches, and devotional services #173

Author: G. W. Druce

We have lit­tle da­ta on Druce, ex­cept that he was a cler­ic, pre­sum­a­bly 19th Cen­tu­ry Bri­tish. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Shades of silent night dividing
Title: Proclaim the story
Author: G. W. Druce
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




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The Cyber Hymnal #6010

Include 2 pre-1979 instances
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