The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Shades Of Silent Night

Words: Rev. G. W. Druce

Music: Chas. H. Sunderland

Source: Carol #187, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Shades of silent night dividing,
Bursts the glory from above,
Down the stream of brightness gliding,
Comes the messenger of love.
To the shepherds lowly telling
Of the Christ expected long.
While the sudden anthem swelling
Fills the glowing heav'n with song.
Fills the glowing heav'n with song. [1]

2. Heav'n will guard their flocks from danger,
Scatter'd o'er the moist green sward,
While the stream of brightness gliding,
Hie to greet their new born Lord.
Awe and love maternal blending
Fill the Blessed Virgin's heart;
While with rev'rent gesture bending,
Kneel these humble men apart,
Kneel these humble men apart.

3. Not alone do men unlearned,
Bow the Holy Child before,
Sages who for truth long yearning,
Heav'n's true Sun at length adore,
So our songs proclaim a story
Kings of old have long'd to know,
Tell of Christ, the Prince of Glory,
Born this night, for high and low,
Born this night for high and low.

Note:

1. Chope does not double the last line of any verse. Return

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Sheet Music by Mr. Samuel Gee from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #88
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

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