Shepherds in the fields abiding (Joseph Edmund Mills)

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  • (Posted 2012-10-23)  CPDL #27460:        (Finale 2011)
Editor: James W. Keefe (submitted 2012-10-23).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 35 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by James W. Keefe.
  • (Posted 2008-03-24)  CPDL #16436:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif
Editor: John Murphy (submitted 2008-03-24).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Shepherds in the Fields Abiding
Composer: Joseph Edmund Mills
Lyricist: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1960

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Original text and translations

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Translation by George Ratcliffe Woodward
Shepherds in the field abiding,
Tell us when the seraph bright
Greeted you with wondrous tiding,
What you saw and heard that night.

Refrain: Gloria in excelsis Deo, in excelsis gloria.

We beheld--it is no fable--
God incarnate, King of bliss,
Swathed and cradled in a stable,
And the angel strain was this:

Choristers on high were singing
Jesus and His virgin birth,
Heavenly bells the while a-ringing
"Peace, good will to men on earth."