The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

While Their Flocks the Shepherds Tended

For Christmas Eve & Christmas

Words: Quem Pastores Laudavere, 13th to 16th century German
Translator: The Rev. John Fulton
Numerous other translations noted in the notes to Quem Pastores Laudavere.

Music: "Quem Pastores Laudavere," German Melody, Breslau, 1555
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Meter: 88 87

Source: J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #53, p. 84.

1. While their flocks the shepherds tended
Heavenly hosts to earth descended
Singing, with all voices blended,
"Fear not, Christ is born today."
    Eastern Seers rich gifts had wrought Him
    Gold, Frankincense, myrrh they brought Him
    Guided by a Star, they sought Him
    Prince of Life and Victory

2. On that Child with Mary gazing,
Join ye Christians all in raising
Songs to Him, whom Heaven is praising,
God incarnate come to men
    From this day's first dawn to even
    Praise to Christ our King be given
    By all Earth, and all in Heaven,
    In our sweetest, loftiest strain.

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #53, p. 84.

"Original Melody of the XIVth Century.
Harmony from
Dr. F. Layriz"

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