The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Look, Shepherds, Look!

Words: From a manuscript in the Ashmolean Museum,
Modernized by Richard R. Chope

Unknown: Mr. Herbert Stephen Irons

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #53

Look, Shepherds, look!
    Why? Where?
See you not yonder? there!
    Lord! what a glorious light
    Streams thro the air!
Never was sun so bright, Nor morn so fair!
    Methinks it doth appear
    Like Glory coming near.

Heavenly Music! Glorious Light!
Yet more fearful than the night.

Fear not, Shepherd, for behold!
Better Tidings ne'er were told!
News I bring you this same Tide,
    This blessed Morn,
To you and all mankind beside,
    A Saviour's born.
Post to Bethlem, post about;
Post, and seek this Infant out!
    this Infant out!

List, Shepherds, listen, listen round!
Hark! hear you not a sound?
Lord! what a Heavenly air
Beats thro' our ear!
Never was sweeter voice,
Nor note so clear!
Methinks it doth appear
Like Glory coming near.

Heavenly Music! Glorious Light!
Yet more fearful than the night.

With these signs you shall begin:
In a stable, in an Inn,
You shall find His Mother-maid,
Poorly friended,
And the Babe in Manger laid,
Worse attended.
When you find Him, loudly cry
    Glory be to God on High!
    to God on High!

Glory be to God above!
Peace on earth, amongst men love!
Death and Hell are now be guiled,
God and men are reconciled.

Glory be to God! Alleluia!
Glory to God! Peace! Peace!
Peace! on earth be Peace!
Peace! Peace! with men on earth be Peace!

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