Christmas Song Story: Shepherds Arise
Shepherds Arise! Be Not Afraid is first recorded by a church in Dorset England. The carol dates back to the 19th century.
The carol was first published in the 1926 A Collection of Dorset Carols. The book was published by William Adair Pickard-Cambridge, a classics scholar and organists, who obtained several manuscripts from the early 19th Century.
The author of Shepherd’s Arise in unknown and was included in this college.
The original manuscripts were destroyed during World War II and Pickard-Cambridge’s edition remains the oldest source of this text.
A second version of the carol although considerably different, can be found in a 19th Century manuscript located in the Dorset Record office.