There were shepherds (Myles Birket Foster)

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  • (Posted 2021-05-28)  CPDL #64544:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-05-28).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 270 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: There were shepherds
Composer: Myles Birket Foster
Source of text: Luke 2:8-11 & 14
Lyricist: James Montgomery
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, With Baritone and S (or T) soli.
Genre: SacredAnthem for Christmas

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1893 The Musical Times no.609

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Luke 2:8  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
Luke 2:9  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.
Luke 2:10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
Luke 2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man [us] is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light.
Come and worship, worship Christ, the new-born King.

Saints and angels join in praising
Thee, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore their voices raising
To th'Eternal Three in One.
Come and worship, worship Christ, the new-born King.