In nightly stillness comes a voice that rings:
"Rise now ye shepherds, greet the King of Kings!
Leave the flocks behind a-feeding,
On to Bethlem go a-speeding,
Christ is born today."
Swiftly they went and found the lovely Babe
Laid in a manger as the voice had said.
Round they gathered, humbly kneeling,
Cried aloud with joyful feeling
"God has come to us!"
"Hail thee! O Saviour, welcome, welcome be.
Four thousand years the world expected Thee.
Kings and prophets waited vainly,
Us thou hast prefered plainly,
In this humble shed."
Singing Together, Autumn 1966, BBC Publications
From 'Five Fantasies on Polish Christmas Carols' (Chappell).