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The Shepherd's Farewell lyrics

Not sure whose arrangement this is. Transcribed off YouTube because it's the version I sang in college and church. (Shaw/Parker perhaps?? We sang a lot of their arrangements.) I prefer this to the English translation under the French in the Arista Music Co. edition.

Thou must leave thy lowly dwelling,
The humble crib, the stable bare.
Babe, all mortal babes excelling,
Content our earthly lot to share.
Loving father, loving mother,
Shelter thee with tender care. (repeat)

Blessed Jesus, we implore thee
With humble hearts and holy fear,
In that land that lies before thee,
Forget not us who linger here.
May the shepherd's lowly calling
Ever to thy heart be dear. (repeat)

Blessed are ye beyond all measure,
Thou loving father, mother mild;
Guard thee well thy heavenly treasure,
The Prince of peace, the holy child.
God go with you, God protect you,
Guide you safely through the wild. (repeat)

The Shepherd's Farewell Video

Robert Shaw -- "Messiah" Hallelujah Chorus: Hallelujah Chorus, From Handel's "Messiah," Robert Shaw conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus 1987. (video from YouTube)

Thanks to Bill Bigelow for submitting the lyrics.
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  • Virginia 0 points

    Indescribable beauty and spititual connection in this "prayer" of the humble shepherds who see in the tiny, newborn Baby Jesus,the story of Salvation.

    Everything about Jesus' arrival into the world of man as a helpless baby has great significance: He is the Son of God and the Son of man. The world is a place of challenges ~ "God protect You, guide You sfely through the wild." Divinely inspired, this music is the TRUE story of Christmas~ for ALL.

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