The message to the shepherds (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-08)   CPDL #52853:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-01-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: The message to the shepherds
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Angela Goetze

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: 1897

Description: The second part of Barnby's carol anthem, The First Christmas.

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Original text and translations

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Beside their flocks the shepherds watched
That holy Christmas night,
When lo! the angel of the Lord
Shone on their dazzled sight.

"Fear not," he cried, "of joy and peace
Glad tidings do I bring,
In Bethlehem a new-born babe,
Lies Christ, your heavenly King.

And this shall be a guiding sign
To you and nations all,
The Holy Babe you there shall find,
Laid in a humble stall.

And suddenly the hosts of heaven
Shone on their wondering eyes,
And raised a song of holy praise
That echoed through the skies.

Then marvelled all the shepherds sore,
What was this wondrous thing?
To Bethlehem they took their way,
And there they found their King.