Christmas Songs - The Shepherd's Carol Lyrics1. Methinks I see an heav'nly hostOf angels on the wingMethinks I hear their cheerful notesSo merrily they sing:Let all your fears be banish'd hence,Glad tidings I proclaim,For there's a Saviour born today,And Jesus is his name.2. Lay down your crooks and quit your flocks,To Bethlehem repair;And let your wand'ring steps be squar'dBy yonder shining star.Seek not in courts or palaces,Nor royal curtains draw;But search the stable, see your GodExtended on the straw.3. Then learn from hence, ye rural Swains,The Meekness of your God,Who left the boundless Realms of JoyTo Ransom you with blood.The Master of the Inn refus'dA more commodious Place;Ungenerous Soul of Savage Mould,And destitute of Grace.4. Exult ye oxen, low for joy,Ye tenants of the stall,Pay your obeisance, on your kneesUnanimously fall.The royal guest you entertainIs not of common birth,But second to the great I Am;The God of heav'n and earth.5. Then suddenly a heav'nly hostAround the shepherds throng,Exulting in the threefold GodAnd thus address their song.To God the Father, Christ the Son,And Holy Ghost ador'd;The First and Last, the Last and First,Eternal praise afford.