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While by My Sheep

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While by my sheep I watched at night

Translator: Theodore Baker
Published in 38 hymnals

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1 While by the sheep we watched at night,
glad tidings brought an angel bright.

How great our joy!
Great our joy!
Joy, joy, joy!
Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high!
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high!

2 There shall be born, so he did say,
in Bethlehem a child today. [Refrain]

3 There shall the child lie in a stall,
this child who shall redeem us all. [Refrain]

4 This gift of God we'll cherish well,
that ever joy our hearts shall fill. [Refrain]

Source: Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #90

Translator: Theodore Baker

Theodore Baker (b. New York, NY, 1851; d. Dresden, Germany, 1934). Baker is well known as the compiler of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (first ed. 1900), the first major music reference work that included American composers. Baker studied music in Leipzig, Germany, and wrote a dissertation on the music of the Seneca people of New York State–one of the first studies of the music of American Indians. From 1892 until his retirement in 1926, Baker was a literary editor and translator for G. Schirmer, Inc., in New York City. In 1926, he returned to Germany. Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987 Go to person page >



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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #108
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Instances (1 - 24 of 24)

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #108

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #202

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Chalice Hymnal #170

Christmas Favorites #31

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Common Praise (1998) #134

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #116

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Lift Up Your Hearts #90


Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #191

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Rejoice Hymns #198

Scripture Song Database #1538

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Sing Joyfully #192

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Singing the New Testament #10

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The Celebration Hymnal #269

The Christian Life Hymnal #117

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The Covenant Hymnal #155


The Cyber Hymnal #2377

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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #144

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The Worshiping Church #166

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #215

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Worship and Rejoice #200

Worship His Majesty #157


Worship in Song #96

Worship Together #301

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