The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Once O'er The Fields Of Bethlehem

Words: Unknown

Music: J. Booth
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Carol 435, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Once o’er the fields of Bethlehem
Rang out a glory song;
The hills that heard it sung to them
re-echoed it along;
That wondrous sound, that psalm of praise,
Good tidings ever blest,
For ever more the echoes raise,

O Christus natus est,
O Christus natus est,
O Christus natus, natus est.

2. Abiding in their fields by night,
The watchful Shepherds stayed;
About them shone the glory light
And they were sore afraid.
Till peace on earth the angels sang,
And God’s good will confessed;
While loud the heav’nly chorus rang, Chorus

3. The shepherds rise in haste to go
To see the wondrous child;
They find Him in a manger low,
With Mary, mother mild.
Within that lowly cradle then
They left the Babe at rest;
And praising God they sang again, Chorus

4. Now unto us, who watch by night,
Come down, bright angel throng!
Shine over us, glad glory light,
And sound, sweet seraph song!
We’ll seek the holy Child again ,
The Babe for ever blest,
And sing good will and peace to men: Chorus

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

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