The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Long Ago

Words: Flora Kirkland

Music: W. A. Post
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Source: I. H. Meredith, Grant Colfax Tullar and J. W. Lerman, Sunday School Hymns No. 1. New York: Tullar-Meredith Co., 1903,  #263.

1. Night had fallen darkly
    O'er Judea's hill;
Shepherds watched in silence,
    All the flocks were still;
Light dispell'd the darkness,
    Light, than day more fair,
Lo! a mighty angel,
    Stood in glory there.

Chorus:
Long ago, long ago,
    Came that angel bright,
"Fear ye not! Fear ye not!"
    Rang across the night.
Long ago, long ago,
    O'er a bed of hay,
Angels fair, in the air,
    Watch'd where Jesus lay.

2. Shepherds of Judea,
    Watching flocks by night;
Patient, gentle watchers.
    Trembled at the light,
Trembled when the glory
    O'er the hillside spread,
Trembled, till the angel,
    "Fear not," sweetly said. Chorus.

3. Hosts of shining angels
    Joined the herald bright;
Legions from the glory,
    Came that wondrous night --
Came with alleluias,
    For a Saviour born;
Came to tell the weary
    Of redemption's morn. Chorus.

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