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THE SHEPHERDS IN JUDEA

So of old the wise men watching,
   Saw a little stranger star,
And they knew the King was given,
   And they follow'd it from far.

Heard you never of the story,
   How they cross'd the desert wild,
Journey'd on by plain and mountain,
   Till they found the Holy Child?
How they open'd all their treasure,
   Kneeling to that Infant King,
Gave the gold and fragrant incense,
   Gave the myrrh in offering?

Know ye not that lowly Baby
   Was the bright and morning star,
He who came to light the Gentiles,
   And the darken'd isles afar?
And we too may seek his cradle,
   There our heart's best treasures bring,
Love, and Faith, and true devotion,
   For our Saviour, God, and King.



THE SHEPHERDS IN JUDEA

Oh, the Shepherds in Judea,
   They are pacing to and fro.
For the air grows chill at twilight
   And the weanling lambs are slow!