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WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED


And all their gentle sleepy flock
   Looked up, then slept again,
Nor knew the light that dimmed the stars
   Brought endless Peace to men—
Nor even heard the gracious words
   That down the ages ring—
The Christ is born! the Lord has come,
   Good-will on earth to bring!"

Then o'er the moonlit, misty fields,
   Dumb with the world's great joy,
The shepherds sought the white-walled town,
   Where lay the baby boy—
And oh, the gladness of the world,
   The glory of the skies,
Because the longed-for Christ looked up
   In Mary's happy eyes!