8. Whilst shepherds, in the open field,
Watched o'er their flocks, by night;
9. God's angel shone in glory round,
And all their minds affright:
10. But the kind angel to them said.
Let naught disturb your mind;
Good news I bring you, which shall be
Great joy to all mankind.
11. For unto you, in David's town,
(As sacred rolls record,)
This very day a Savior's born,
The promised Christ, the Lord.
12. And this shall be your certain sign;
You'll find (the Seraph said,)
The babe enwrapped in swaddling cloths,
And in a manger laid.
13. Then strait, there with the angel joined,
A numerous shining throng
Of heavenly spirits, praising God;
And thus unite their song.
14. Glory to God, who dwells on high,
By angels round his throne;
Blessed peace hath visited the earth
Goodwill to man is shown.
John Barnard, born in Boston, Nov. 6, 1681; in 1752 made a version of psalms with the music; settled at Marblehead; introduced new music ther; died Jan 14, 1770, aged 89.
A Dictionary of Musical Information by John W. Moore, Boston: Oliver, Ditson & Company, 1876
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