The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

There Were Shepherds, Abiding In The Field

Words: Based on Luke 2:8

Music: Arranged by Mr. Herbert Stephen Irons

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #52

There were Shepherds, abiding in the field, abiding in the field
Keeping watch, keeping watch over their flocks by night.

And the Angel said unto them, Fear not, Fear not;
For behold, I bring you good Tidings
I bring you good Tidings, I bring you good Tidings
I bring you good tidings of great joy.
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
Which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born, is born this Day,
In the City of David, is born a Saviour,
A Saviour is born, A Saviour,
Which is Christ the Lord

And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
And lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the Angel
A multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God in the Highest,
Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God, Peace, Peace,
Glory to God, Glory to God in the Highest,
And Peace upon earth,
Good will, good will toward men,
Good will toward men.

Sheet Music from Chope

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