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The Shepherds' Farewell


Hector Berlioz

SATB and Accompaniment


Version 1
Thou must leave thy lowly dwelling, the humble crib, the stable bare.
Babe, all mortal babes excelling, content our earthly lot to share.
Loving father, Loving mother, shelter thee with tender care!

Blessed Jesus, we implore thee with humble love and holy fear.
In the land that lies before thee, forget not us who linger here!
May the shepherd's lowly calling, ever to thy heart be dear!

Blest are ye beyond all measure, thou happy father, mother mild!
Guard ye well your heav'nly treasure, the Prince of Peace, The Holy Child!
God go with you, God protect you, guide you safely through the wild!

Version 2
Must thou bid farewell sweet infant, to the crib where thou was born;
Comfort thou thy mother weeping, oh, cheer her heart of hope forlorn!
Grow in strength, till manhood bids thee gladly greet thy life’s fairest morn.

Should in heathen lands dire perils and dangers ever vex thee sore;
Come return to us, thy home be with us, where thou shalt grieve no more!
Ne’er forget unto thy calling we will ope’ our cottage door.

Sweetest babe, God grant thee his blessing, God bless thy parents sorely tried!
May his goodness e’er protect you, turn evil from your path aside!
May his angels hover o’er you, all your footsteps guard and guide!


Shepherds Farewell - Berlioz

Shepherds Farewell - Berlioz

Created 17-Nov-12

Learn the vocal parts for The Shepherds' Farewell. Click the following links :

The Shepherds' Farewell - Soprano Part
The Shepherds' Farewell - Alto Part
The Shepherds' Farewell - 1st Tenor Part
The Shepherds' Farewell - 2nd Tenor Part
The Shepherds' Farewell - 1st Bass Part
The Shepherds' Farewell - 2nd Bass Part

This is from a the Sacred Trilogy L'Enfance du Christ, by Hector Berlioz. Note Perfect provides training aids for the complete work.

Berlioz composed an organ piece for his friend Joseph-Louis Duc, called L'adieu des bergers (The Shepherds' Farewell). He soon turned it into a choral movement for the shepherds saying goodbye to the baby Jesus as he leaves Bethlehem for Egypt. Berlioz had the chorus performed as a hoax on 12 November 1850, passing it off as the work of an imaginary 17th-century composer "Ducré". He was gratified to discover many people who hated his music were taken in and praised it, one lady even going so far as to say, "Berlioz would never be able to write a tune as simple and charming as this little piece by old Ducré"

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Metasyntactic variable".

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