The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

On Bethlehem's Silent Plain

Words: Unknown

Music: M. Hornabrook
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol #608, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. On Bethlehem's silent plain,
The stars shone bright,
While faithful shepherds watched
Their flocks by night.
And as they watching lay
Upon the ground,
A glory came from heaven,
And shone around.

2. The simple shepherds' hearts
Were filled with fear:
For lo! an angel stood
Among them there.
"Fear not," the angel said,
"Good news I bring,
This night to you is born
A Saviour King."

3. "In swaddling clothes the babe
Shall be arrayed,
And you shall find Him in
A manger laid."
And lo! a shining host
Was with Him there,
And filled with songs of praise,
The midnight air.

4. And now on Christmas Eve,
When stars are bright,
We sing with joy the song
They sung that night;
Glad tidings of great joy
Proclaim again;
Of peace upon the earth
Good will to men.

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

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