The Angels and the Shepherds
Words and Music: Edward H. Thorne
Bramley and Stainer give attribution of the words as "H. R. B. From the Towneley Mysteries", with attribution for the music to Thorne
The Angel (Treble)
1. Now rise up, ye shepherds;
This night is He born
Who blessings will lavish on mortals forlorn:
The bondsmen of Satan from prison are torn,
And God is the Helper of all them that mourn.
To Bethílem away, then, lo! there ye shall find
The Child which is worth to ransom mankind
The fetters of captives the same shall unbind,
And bring to the light them in darkness that pined.
The Shepherds (Basses Only)
2. Then let us together to Bethlehem speed,
The place is full near us, and take we good heed
To go there in pureness, from wickedness freed,
And worship this Infant in heart and in deed,
That Child to approach now right glad we may be,
Whom elders and Prophets desired to see:
Of God the Almighty the true Son is He,
If Him we may pleasure too happy are we.
Quartet or Semi-Chorus
3. All hail to the Infant, so gentle and sweet,
Our Sovíreign, our Saviour, who death shall defeat:
But once to behold Him in comfort complete,
And rapture forever to fall at His feet.
Hail! Daystar in darkness, and solace in pain,
Our Hope and our Treasure, Our Bliss and our Gain,
The Son of a Virgin unmarked by a stain;
Oh! May we poor sinners Thy favour obtain!
4. With gladness returning to sing are we bound,
To tell forth in praises what grace we have found.
Salvation, salvation, let all things resound!
Salvation, salvation, salvation, salvation,
Salvation, salvation, salvation to all men around
Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, Third Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1878), Carol #60.
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