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
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|The Cyber Hymnal #6010||Shades of Silent Night Dividing||Shades of silent night dividing||GEE||G. W. Druce||87.87 D||<cite>Carols for Use in Church</cite>, by Richard R. Chope (London: William Clowes & Sons, Limited, 1894), number 88|