Number: 52
Title: Hitsuji Wa / Sheep Fast Asleep
Composer: Trans. John Moss, 1957; alt.Chugoro Torii, 1941
Author: Japanese jymn Genzo Miwa, 1907
Scripture: Matthew 2:10-11 Luke 2:8-14
Theme: Christmas

Lyrics:
1.  Sheep fast asleep, there on a hill,
    Grass for their bed; all is still.
    Cold winter night, the frost appears;
    Shepherds keep watch by their fire.
    Soft there a sound, far, far away;
    Is it the stream? winds at play?
    Nay, friend, it is the heavenly choir,
    Singing throughout the spheres.

2.  Star in the sky, shining so bright,
    Silent and pure, wondrous light!
    What tidings brings it Israel?
    Can we new hope in it find?
    Good news it brings! "Fear not, I pray!
    Born is God's Son, born today!
    God's gift of love to all the earth,
    Our Lord, Immanuel."

3.  Glory to God! Glory on high!
    Sing you "Noel!" Day is nigh!
    All you who dwell on earth below,
    Peace be to you, and goodwill.
    Come, let us go to Bethlehem;
    Follow the star, seeking Him.
    Let us adore and worship still,
    In love and joy to grow.




1.  Hitsuji wa nemure ri,
    Kusano, toko ni,
    Saeyuku fuyu no yo,
    Shimo mo mietsu.
    Haruka ni, hibiku wa
    Kazeka, mizu ka,
    Inato yo mitsukai
    Utau miuta.

2.  Mahiru ni otoranu 
    Kushiki hikari,
    Misora no kanata ni 
    Terikakaya ku.
    Sukui wo motarasu 
    Kami no miko no
    Umareshi yorokobi 
    Tsuguru hoshi ka.

3.  Ame ni wa misakae
    Kami ni areya,
    Tsuchi ni wa odayaka
    Hito ni areto
    Mukashi no shirabe wo
    Ima ni kaeshi,
    Utaeya, tomora yo,
    Koemo takaku.