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Christmas Songs - The Shepherd's Carol Lyrics

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  • 1. Methinks I see an heav'nly host
  • Of angels on the wing
  • Methinks I hear their cheerful notes
  • So 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'd
  • By yonder shining star.
  • Seek not in courts or palaces,
  • Nor royal curtains draw;
  • But search the stable, see your God
  • Extended on the straw.
  • 3. Then learn from hence, ye rural Swains,
  • The Meekness of your God,
  • Who left the boundless Realms of Joy
  • To Ransom you with blood.
  • The Master of the Inn refus'd
  • A 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 knees
  • Unanimously fall.
  • The royal guest you entertain
  • Is not of common birth,
  • But second to the great I Am;
  • The God of heav'n and earth.
  • 5. Then suddenly a heav'nly host
  • Around the shepherds throng,
  • Exulting in the threefold God
  • And 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.

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