The shepherds of Bethlehem

They were watching on the hillsides

Author: W. O. Cushing
Tune: [They were watching on the hillsides]
Published in 10 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 They were watching on the hillsides,
For the coming day,
With the starry folds of night above them spread;
When a glory flashed around them, like a ray,
Thro’ the pearly portals on them shed.

"Glory to God in the highest,"
Came floating down the air;
"Glory to God in the highest!"
Seemed ringing everywhere;
"Glory, glory," oh children,
Come sing that song again,
"Glory to God in the highest!
Good will and peace to men."

2 Louder swell the joyful anthems
From the angel throng;
Over hill and vale the strains enchanted float;
See the wondering shepherds listening to the song,
Trembling, yet rejoicing at the sight! [Refrain]

3 Oh, the joyful, joyful tidings!
For to you is born,
Christ the wondrous Savior and the mighty King;
Hail, ye waiting nations, hail the joyous morn!
Happy tidings now to earth we bring. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12457

Author: W. O. Cushing

Rv William Orcutt Cushing USA 1823-1903. Born at Hingham, MA, he read the Bible as a teenager and became a follower of the Orthodox Christian school of thought. At age 18 he decided to become a minister, following in his parents theology. His first pastorate was at the Christian Church, Searsburg, NY. He married Hena Proper in 1854. She was a great help to him throughout his ministry. He ministered at several NY locations over the years, including Searsburg, Auburn, Brookley, Buffalo, and Sparta. Hena died in 1870, and he returned to Searsburg, again serving as pastor there. Working diligently with the Sunday school, he was dearly beloved by young and old. Soon after, he developed a creeping paralysis that caused him to lose his… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: They were watching on the hillsides
Title: The shepherds of Bethlehem
Author: W. O. Cushing
Refrain First Line: Glory to God in the highest
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #12457
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