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Watching on Judea's plain

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1 Watching on Judea’s plain,
Shepherds spent their dewy night,
When there came a heavenly train,
In their robes of spotless white;
Joyful news they brought to earth,
Long by prophet tongues foretold,
Tidings of our Savior’s birth,
Tuned with harps of shining gold.

Glory in the highest sing!
Glory be to God above!
Peace on earth we come to bring,
Unto men good will and love.

2 Let us raise an anthem now,
To the name of Christ our king,
And with joy and gladness bow,
While our youthful praise we sing,
Jesus is the children’s friend;
He will hear their earnest prayer;
He will lead them to the end
And will keep them in His care. [Refrain]

3 Let the joyful tidings fly
All the spacious earth around,
Till all lands beneath the sky
Hear and love the holy sound—
Till the Savior’s name is known,
Friend, Redeemer, Prince of Peace,
And in rapture to His throne
Praise shall evermore increase. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12947

Author: Wm. Oland Bourne

Bourne was born on June 11, 1819, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He was a so­cial re­for­mer and au­thor, lyricist, printer and editor of The Sol­diers’ Friend, a news­let­ter for Ci­vil War ve­ter­ans. He served as chap­lain of Cen­tral Park Hos­pi­tal, a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal in New York Ci­ty. He died on June 6, 1901 at Montclair, New Jersey. See more at http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/b/o/u/bourne_wo.htm  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Watching on Judea's plain
Author: Wm. Oland Bourne
Refrain First Line: Glory in the highest sing
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Cyber Hymnal #12947

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