Bethlehem (William Billings)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-08-20). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 48 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.
- Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2012-01-03). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 69 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Only 1st verse in original print and in this edition. MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.
Description: This setting was first published on pp69-70 of William Billings' The Singing Master's Assistant, Boston: 1778. Hymn Tune Index tune number 4002a.
The same text was previously set to a different tune by Billings, 'An Hymn for Christmas or Charlston', on p15 of his collection The New-England Psalm-Singer, Boston: (1770).
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at While shepherds watched their flocks by night.