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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- by Ronald A. Beckett , "A shepherd band", 1982, published 2008 [ voice and piano ], in Songs and Arias, Volume 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Jennifer Blackwell
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