The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

To Shepherds As They Watched By Night

Words: Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, Martin Luther, 1543
Translated by: Richard Massie, 1854, alt.
1st Published in: "Musae Sioniae," VI 1609

Music: "Puer Nobis Nascitur," Trier manuscript, 15th Century
Adapted by Michael Praetorius, 1609; harmony by George Ratcliffe Woodward, 1910
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1. To shepherds as they watched by night
Appeared a host of angels bright;
Behold the tender Babe, they said,
In yonder lowly manger laid.

2. At Bethlehem, in David's town,
As Micah did of old make known;
'Tis Jesus Christ, your Lord and King,
Who doth to all salvation bring.

3. Oh, then rejoice that through His Son
God is with sinners now at one;
Made like yourselves of flesh and blood,
Your Brother is the eternal God.

4. What harm can sin and death then do?
The true God now abides with you.
Let hell and Satan rage and chafe,
Christ is your Brother--ye are safe.

5. Not one He will or can forsake
Who Him his confidence doth make.
Let all his wiles the Tempter try,
You may his utmost powers defy.

6. Ye shall and must at last prevail;
God's own ye are, ye cannot fail.
To God forever sing your praise
With joy and patience all your days.

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