The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Shepherds, Keeping Watch By Night

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Source: W. A. Pickard-Cambridge, A Collection of Dorset Carols (London: A. W. Ridley & Co., 1926), #9

1. Shepherds, keeping watch by night,
Saw around a glorious light:
Heard an angel voice exclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Soon by many an angel tongue,
'Glory be to God' was sung
'Glory, Glory, Glory,
Glory be to God' was sung,
Peace on earth! good will to men!
Christ is born in Bethlehem,
Peace on earth! good will to men!
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

2. Oh, how great His grace and love
Thus to leave His throne above,
Thus to suffer grief and pain,
And be born in Bethlehem! Refrain

3. Joyful tidings to mankind!
Richest grace they now may find,
Children shall declare the same
'Christ is born in Bethlehem.' Refrain

4. Give to God your warmest praise
For this condescending grace,
And your hearts with love inflame,
'Christ is born in Bethlehem." Refrain

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