by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

A shepherd band
Language: English 
A shepherd band their flocks are keeping,
And gentle lambs are sweetly sleeping;
When suddenly they all behold
An angel in bright robes with harp of gold.

Glad tidings of great joy he bringeth,
The azure vault with anthems ringeth;
"Emmanuel" awakes the song,
And countless hosts the glorious theme prolong.

The shepherds view the host returning,
Their hearts with holy ardour burning;
To Bethlehem they wend their way,
Repeating with glad tongues th’angelic lay.


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Researcher for this text: Jennifer Blackwell

This text was added to the website: 2020-01-13
Line count: 12
Word count: 75