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Shepherds, Rejoice! Lift Up Your Eyes

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Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Horæ Lyrica, 1706-9

Music: "Christmas Eve," Peder Knudsen, 1859
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Source: Isaac Watts, Horæ Lyricæ. Book. 1. Eighth Edition (London: James Brackstone, 1743), pp. 14-15.

The Nativity of Christ

1. "Shepherds, rejoice, lift up your eyes,
"And send your fears away;
"News from the regions of the skies,
"Salvation’s born today.

2. "Jesus, the God whom Angels fear,
"Comes down to dwell with you;
"Today he makes his Entrance here,
"But not as monarchs do.

3. "No Gold, nor purple swaddling Bands,
"Nor Royal shining Things;
"A Manger for his Cradle stands,
"And holds the King of kings.

4. "Go, Shepherds, where the Infant lies,
"And see his humble Throne
"With Tears of Joy in all your Eyes,
"Go, Shepherds, kiss the Son."

5. Thus Gabriel sang, and straight around
The heavenly Armies throng;
They tune their Harps to lofty Sound,
And thus conclude the Song:

6. "Glory to God that reigns above!
"Let Peace surround the Earth!
"Mortals shall know their Maker’s Love,
"At their Redeemer’s Birth."

7. Lord! and shall Angels have their Songs,
And Men no Tunes to raise?
O may we lose our useless Tongues
When they forget to praise!

8. Glory to God that reigns above,
That pitied us forlorn;
We join to sing our Maker’s Love,
For there’s a Saviour born.

Sheet Music: Joel Read, ed., The New England Selection; or Plain Psalmist. Second Edition. (Boston: Printed for the Author by Manning and Loring, 1812), p. 83.

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Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #35

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Sheet Music from Ralph Dunstan, The Cornish Song Book (London: Reid Bros., Ltd., 1929), p. 101. Dunstan gives the subtitle as "The Angel's Song."


Verses 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 & 8 also occur in G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847), p. 10.

Also found in A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), pp. 46-47, with the first four verses.

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