Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep

Poet/Lyricist: 

Anonymous
The last movement of "Midnight Clear": Christmas songs for soprano and clarinet.

Commissioned by: 

The Rochester Aria Group, to Michael Bostwick, for years of support and service

Premiere: 

Rochester Aria Group
Item Voicing Media Price
LK040-01 Soprano and clarinet $4.00

Text:

Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep

Shepherds, shake off your drowsy sleep.
Rise, and leave your silly sheep;
Angels from heaven around are singing,
Tidings of great joy are bringing.
Shepherds, the chorus come and swell,
Sing Noel!

Hark! even the bells ring round,
Listen to their merry sound;
Hark! how the birds new songs are making.
As if winter's chains were breaking.
Shepherds, the chorus come and swell,
Sing Noel!

Cometh at length the age of peace,
Stride and sorrow now shall cease;
Prophets foretold the wondrous story
Of this heav'n-born Prince of glory.

Shepherds! then up and quick away.
Seek the babe ere break of day;
He is the hope of ev'ry nation,
All in him shall find salvation.
Shepherds, the chorus come and swell,
Sing Noel!