The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Silent Stars Were Watching

Words: Unknown

Music: W. H. A. Hall
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol #80, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Silent stars were watching
Over hill and plain,
Humble shepherds only
Heard the joyful strain,
When by angel voices
Were the tidings told,
Sung by angel legions
With their harps of gold.

2. Then, in haste, the shepherds
Heedless of their fold,
Seek King David's city
As the angels told.
There they find the manger
There the Infant King,
There they tell the story
To the wondering.

3. In the East, the wise men
Journeying from afar,
Guided to the manger
By the mystic star.
Gold and fragrant incense
Costly gifts they bring,
In the stable lay them,
Kingly offering.

4. And on this our Christmas,
While our hearts we bring,
Hear the wondrous story,
Joyous carols sing;
To the holy Christ-child
Grant, O Lord, that we,
Like the kings and shepherds,
May be led by Thee.

Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

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