While by My Sheep

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1 While by the sheep we watched at night,
Glad tidings brought an angel bright.

How great our joy! Great our joy!
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high!
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high!

2 There shall be born, so He did say,
In Bethlehem a Child today. (Refrain)

3 There shall the Child lie in a stall,
This Child who shall redeem us all. (Refrain)

4 This gift of God we’ll cherish well,
That ever joy our hearts shall fill. (Refrain)

Translator: Theodore Baker

Theodore Baker (June 3, 1851 – October 12, 1934) was an American musicologist. Born in New York City, Baker's early education occurred there and in Boston. He studied business but turned to music as a career, becoming an organist in Concord, Massachusetts. In 1874 he moved to Leipzig, Germany where he studied with Oscar Paul. He attended Leipzig Conservatory beginning in 1878 where he was awarded a doctorate in 1881. His dissertation, published in 1882 as Über die Musik der nordamerikanischen Wilden (On the music of the North American Indians), dealt with the music of the Seneca Indians, and was the first major work published on the music of American Indians. (Themes included in the work were used by Edward MacDowell in his Indian Sui… Go to person page >



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