The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

To Simple Souls Alone

For Christmas

The Shepherds in the Field

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns on the Four Gospels: St. Luke, #1169. “There were...shepherds abiding,” Gospel of St. Luke ii. 8.

Source: George Osborn, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Vol. 11 (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1871), p. 116.

        To simple souls alone
        The Saviour is made known,
Shepherds who their station keep
    See the glory from on high;
Those that negligently sleep
    Still in sin and darkness lie.

        The poor rejoice to hear
        The heavenly messenger;
From the rich and wise conceal'd,
    Jesus doth His light impart,
Shows the mystery reveal'd,
    Shines in every humble heart.

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