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(A shepherd voice: "Tell the story!")
A night like this, near Bethlehem,
Messiah born? We fast agreed—
"A stable! There!" one shepherd cried.
Well, to her, at rest by his manger bed,
And now, on hillsides, till God's full dawn,
This song, from the shepherds' point of view, dramatically recounts part of the Christmas story in Luke 2—how the shepherds received angelic news of Christ's arrival, and what happened when they rushed to see.
The piece could be part of Christmas services, or a Christmas pageant. If using for a children's pageant, though, adults should sing the song, as young people act out the story. Also, for children's pageants, we suggest an alternate last verse.
Our current arrangement is for 1 or 3 male singers.