The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Shepherds Left Their Flocks A-Straying

Words: Quem Pastores Laudavere, Authorship Unknown, 14th century, Hoenfurth Manuscript, Translation by Imogen Holst

Music: "Quem Pastores Laudavere," German Melody, Breslau, 1555
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Meter: 88 87

1. Shepherds left their flocks a-straying,
God's command with joy obeying,
When they heard the angel saying:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem."

2. Wise Men came from far, and saw him"
Knelt in homage to adore him;
Precious gifts they laid before him:
Gold and frankincense and myrrh.

3. Let us now in every nation
Sing his praise with exultation.
All the world shall find salvation
In the birth of Mary's Son.

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