The message to the shepherds (Joseph Barnby)
- 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.
First published: 1897
Description: The second part of Barnby's carol anthem, The First Christmas.
Original text and translations
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.