Shepherds' Christmas Song (Clarence Dickinson)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-18)  CPDL #58682:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2020-05-18).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 167 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Shepherds' Christmas Song
Composer: Clarence Dickinson
Lyricist: Helen Adele Dickinson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English

First published: 1912
Description: Instrumentation includes Organ along with optional harp and flute parts.

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Original text and translations

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Shepherds now go we to yon fair Bethlehem town,
To us the angels from Heaven have come down,
Told a sweet story that there in lowly stall,
Lies the child Jesus, the dear Lord of us all.

Come to earth has He, God's love to us to show,
Strong men and weak, rich and poor its joy may know.
Kings now and shepherds advance where He doth lie,
Little Lord Jesus who came down from the sky.

Enter we soft lest the baby be asleep,
Angels from heaven their watch over Him do keep,
Mary His mother sweet lullaby doth sing.

We hear, I fear me, scant tribute for a king.
Ages have passed since on that first Christmas Day
Shepherds went singing their sweet tender lay;

Yet sing we Christ's love to all His little ones poor,
And by the manger kneel down and adore.