Shepherd’s Carol

 

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Three practical farmers from back of the dale –

Under the high sky –

On a Saturday night said ‘so long’ to their sheep

That were bottom of dyke and fast asleep –

When the stars came out in the Christmas sky.

 

 

They called at the pub for a gill of ale –

Under the high sky –

And they found in the stable, stacked with the corn,

The latest arrival, newly-born –

When the stars came out in the Christmas sky

 

 

They forgot their drink, they rubbed their eyes –

Under the high sky –

They were tough as leather and ripe as a cheese

But they dropped like a ten-year-old down on their knees

When the stars came out in the Christmas sky.

 

 

They ran out in the yard to swap their news –

Under the high sky –

They pulled off their caps and they roused a cheer

To greet a spring lamb before the New Year –

When the stars came out in the Christmas sky

 

Norman Nicholson

No star on the way back

Ballads and carols 1967

 

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