Shepherds in the fields abiding (Joseph Edmund Mills)
- Editor: James W. Keefe (submitted 2012-10-23). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 35 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Arranged by James W. Keefe.
- Editor: John Murphy (submitted 2008-03-24). Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 64 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Arranged by John Murphy.
First published: 1960
Original text and translations
Translation by George Ratcliffe Woodward
Shepherds in the field abiding,
Tell us when the seraph bright
Greeted you with wondrous tiding,
What you saw and heard that night.
Refrain: Gloria in excelsis Deo, in excelsis gloria.
We beheld--it is no fable--
God incarnate, King of bliss,
Swathed and cradled in a stable,
And the angel strain was this:
Choristers on high were singing
Jesus and His virgin birth,
Heavenly bells the while a-ringing
"Peace, good will to men on earth."