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Which unto Shepherds in the fields
The first of all appear'd ; A voice likewise came down from Heaven,
And thus the Shepherds cheer'd.
O sing, &c. This tide is born in Bethlehem
A Saviour, and a King, Whose merits shall redeem the world,
And man's salvation bring. All glory be to God on high,
And peace on Earth to all, And goodwill still be unto men,
This was the Angel's call.
O sing, &c. This Star did not alone appear
Unto the Shepherds poor, But to the sages of the world,
To make their glory more ; Who came conducted by the Star,
From countries far from thence. And there presented at his feet,
Gold, myrrh, and frankincense.
O sing, &c. The which when cruel Herod heard,
Of this great homage done, By the three Wise Men of the East,
To Mary's blessed Son;