The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, Shepherds, Come! Shake Off Your Sleep

Words: Unknown

Music: Tyrolese Carol
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol 644, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir), 1916

1. Come, shepherds, come! Shake off your sleep,
And ope your weary eyes:
ĎTis time to leave your folded sheep,
Come, shepherds, come, arise!
Hark! Angels clad in bright array,
Burst forth in heavínly song;
See! Night grows brighter than the day,
Lit by their glistíning throng.

2. Around the hut wherein I slept
A gleam of light was seen.
And golden strings of harps were swept
By angels clad in sheen.
What sounds of joy the air then stirred!
What hymns of holy rest!
In terra pax above I heard,
And Christus natus est.

3. We, too, this welcome news did hear
From angels in the air,
They bade us cast away all fear,
And to the town repair.
We hastened to the humble stall,
The Holy Child we sought;
On bended knee each one did fall,
And humble offerings brought.

4. Then know, all friends, who wish to see
Your sweet Redeemerís face,
Though long, the way full short will be,
If ye but ask His grace.
No thorns your faithful steps shall stay
And light will shine around;
All doubts and fears will pass away
When Jesus Christ is found.

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

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