The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Shepherds On Fair Bethlehem's Plain

Words: Edward G. Selden

Music: George Edgar Oliver
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol 558, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir), 1916

1. The shepherds on fair Bethlehemís plain,
Asleep beneath the starry host,
Awoke to learn how one shall reign
Whose power is from the Holy Ghost;
For Angel songs the message bring,
Of joy in heavín and peace on earth,
That men the song may ever sing,
How Christ had sweet and lowly birth.

2. The wise men came from far away,
From richest lands and brightest seas,
Led onward by a starred ray
To Him Who in a manger lies.
They bend above the Child so fair,
And worship Him as Lord and King,
With gifts of gold and gems most rare,
And evíry royal offering.

And now men here are all aflame,
Here souls with heavínly joy are fillíd;
Today was born that Child of fam,
Today anew our hearts are thrillíd.
To Him our gladsome songs we raise,
To Him our choicest treasures give,
To Him we offer endless praise,
And seek in Him for Him to live.

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

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