The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow

Version 2; Compare Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow - Version 1
Version 2 is also reproduced as Rise Up, Shepherd

Words & Music: African-American spiritual
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Source: Robert R. Moton, ed., Religious Folk Songs of the Negro As Sung on the Plantations. Fourth Edition. (Hampton, VA.: The Institute Press, 1909), #173. Arranged by the Musical Directors of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. Original edition of 1874 by Thomas P. Fenner.
 

1. There's a star in the East on Christmas morn
  Rise up shepherds and follow.
It'll show you the place where the child is born.
  Rise up shepherds and follow.

Chorus:
Leave your sheep and leave your lambs.
  Rise up shepherds and follow.
Leave your ewes and leave your rams.
  Rise up shepherds and follow.
Follow, follow, rise up shepherds and follow.
Follow the star of Bethlehem
  Rise up shepherds and follow.

2. If you take good heed to the angel's words,
  Rise up shepherds and follow.
You'll Forget your flocks, you'll forget your herds,
  Rise up shepherds and follow. Chorus

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