In the field with their flocks abiding

In the field with their flocks abiding

Author: Frederick W. Farrar
Tune: [In the field with their flocks abiding]
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1 In the field with their flocks abiding,
They lay on the dewy ground;
And glimmering under the starlight,
The sheep lay white around,
When the light of the Lord streamed o’er them,
And lo! from the heaven above,
An angel leaned from the glory,
And sang his song of love:—
He sang, that first sweet Christmas,
The song that shall never cease.

“Glory to God in the highest,
On earth good will and peace.”

2 “To you in the City of David
A Saviour is born today!”
And sudden a host of the heav’nly ones
Flash’d forth to join the lay!
O never hath sweeter message
Thrill’d home to the souls of men
And the heav’ns themselves had never heard
A gladder choir till then,
For they sang that Christmas carol,
That never on earth shall cease. [Refrain]

3 And the shepherds came to the manger,
And gaz’d on the Holy Child;
And calmly o’er that rude cradle
The Virgin Mother smil’d;
And the sky, in the starlit silence,
Seem’d full of the angel lay;
“To you in the City of David
A Saviour is born today;”
O they sang—and I ween that never
The carol on earth shall cease. [Refrain]

Source: Northfield Hymnal: for use in evangelistic and church services, conventions, sunday schools, and all prayer and social meetings of the church and home #54

Author: Frederick W. Farrar

Farrar, Frederic William, D.D., son of the Rev. Charles Penhorn Farrar, sometime a missionary in India, and late Rector of Sidcup, Kent. He was born at Bombay, Aug. 7th, 1831; and educated at King William's College, Isle of Man, and at King's College, London. In 1850 he obtained a classical exhibition, and in 1852 a scholarship at the University of London, whence, after taking the degree of B.A., he passed to Trinity College, Cambridge. There, in 1852, he took (with other prizes) the Chancellor's Prize in English verse, and graduated in first-class classical honours in 1854. In the same year he entered Holy Orders, and was subsequently for some time an assistant master at Harrow School. In 1871 he was appointed to the head mastership of Mar… Go to person page >

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First Line: In the field with their flocks abiding
Author: Frederick W. Farrar