And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock 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 Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward [men]1. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thee thanks for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty." "Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us." And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
1 Finzi: "all"; this is the last word set by Finzi of this text.
- by Bible or other Sacred Texts , from Luke 2:8-17 and the Book of Common Prayer [an adaptation] [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "Narration (3)" [soprano or mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone soli, boys' chorus, mixed chorus, and orchestra], from the cantata Hodie, no. 6. [text verified 1 time]
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- by Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956), "In terra pax", alternate title: "A Christmas poem", op. 39 (1951-4), published 1958 [soprano, baritone, satb chorus, strings, harp or piano, and cymbals], note: the excerpt from the Bible is actually interpolated into the Bridges text, replacing the third stanza.
Researcher for this text: Ahmed E. Ismail
This text was added to the website: 2006-07-26
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