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It Begins In Bethlehem

(The Shepherds)
Bob Hartman | Sam Hargreaves
Verse 1
Shepherds lying on a hill
The night was silent all was still
They watched their flock of grazing sheep
And tried hard not to fall asleep
Verse 2
When bright and white an angel came
To light the night a fiery flame
The shepherds trembled where they lay
The angel said Don't be afraid
Chorus 1
Sing praise to God and give him glory
And celebrate his wondrous story
Of love and joy and peace to men
For it begins in Bethlehem
Verse 3
The news is good the news I bring
Good news to make you leap and sing
Good news for people everywhere
Good news of joy for all to share
Verse 4
Good news for God has kept his word
And sent his saviour Christ the Lord
The one he promised he would send
Is born this day in Bethlehem”
Chorus 2
Sing praise to God and give him glory
And celebrate his wondrous story
Of love and joy and peace to men
For it begins in Bethlehem
Verse 5
And this will be a sign for you
This is how you'll know it's true
You'll find a baby wrapped in cloth
Sleeping in a cattle trough
Verse 6
The angel then was joined by more
Six and twelve and twenty-four
And then too many more to number
A heaven-choir loud as thunder
Chorus 3
Sing praise to God and give him glory
And celebrate his wondrous story
Of love and joy and peace to men
For it begins in Bethlehem
Verse 7
And so the angels left that place
Just like they'd come without a trace
Except for all they sang and said
Which echoed in the shepherds heads
Verse 8
Let's go to Bethlehem and see
The shepherds all as one agreed
They found the baby where he lay
Asleep upon a bed of hay
Verse 9
They told them what the angels said
Then Mary smiled and raised her head
A secret hid there in her eyes
For she was not one bit surprised
Verse 10
So back they went to sheep and hill
No longer silent hardly still
But singing loud like angels bright
Of all that they had seen that night
Chorus 4
Sing praise to God and give him glory
And celebrate his wondrous story
Of love and joy and peace to men
For it begins in Bethlehem
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