O Joyful Shepherds Make Haste
Words: Italian carol Lieti pastori from “Laude Spirituali,” 1674, translated by K. W. Simpson
Music from the “Laude Spirituali,” 1674
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #137, pp. 18-19.
O joyful shepherds, make haste, with footsteps flying,
There in the manger we hear “Hosannas”crying!
And welcome all are bidden there,
No voice thy right denying.
There in the starlight, His gracious Mother by Him,
Earth's fairest Treasure – none other can outvie Him!
Ah see Him, Joyous and serene!
His Maiden Mother nigh Him!
And there is Joseph, his joyful heart a-singing!
(Happy O shepherds such joy to hear a-ringing!)
O shepherds leave your lambs to-day,
Your loving homage bringing!
Hear o'er the valleys, sweet melodies are stealing!
Star of the heavens His resting-place revealing!
For Manna true is here at last!
Adore Him shepherds, kneeling!
Come happy shepherds your fairest lambs to offer!
O do not tarry, your first and best to proffer!
Adoring Him, that for your sake
Came down on earth to suffer!
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #137, pp. 18-19.
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