AS LATELY WE WATCHED

As lately we watched o'er our fields through the night,
A star there was seen of such glorious light;
All through the night, angels did sing,
In carols so sweet of the birth of the king.

King of such beauty was ne'er before seen,
And Mary, His mother, so like to a queen;
Blessed be the hour, welcome the morn,
For Christ our dear Saviour on earth now is born.

His throne is a manger, His court is a loft,
But troops of bright angels, in lays, sweet and soft;
Him they proclaim our Christ by name,
And earth, sky and air, straight are filled with His fame.

Then shepherds, be joyful, salute your new King,
Let hills and dales ring to the song that ye sing;
Blest be the hour, welcome the morn.
For Christ our dear Saviour on earth now is born.
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