There were shepherds (Dudley Buck)

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  • (Posted 2009-06-08)  CPDL #19612:        (Finale 2009)
Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2009-06-08).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 229 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: There Were Shepherds
Composer: Dudley Buck

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with Soprano solo
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1868 as Two Christmas anthems, Op. 32, no. 1

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Original text and translations

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There were shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flocks by night,
and Lo! the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the Glory of the Lord shone round about them;
and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them,
"Fear not! for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people;
For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord, is Christ the Lord."
And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heav'nly host, praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will to men, Amen.