The Little Shepherd’s Lullaby

The others are gone and the choir too;
The new star’s in the sky.
Joseph’s watching and Mary is holding you;
Now, it’s just you and I.

So dream, dear baby Jesus;
Sleep this night with me.
We, lowly shepherds, came to you;
A silent prince of peace.

The world closed its eyes as the sky went to sleep;
Our sheep were gent’ly laid.
An angel’s light stopped the darkness’ creep;
She said, “Don’t be afraid.

“He sleeps, the tiny Jesus
A tiny, lonely King.”
Glory to God in the highest
She and her friends did sing.

And so, as we heard, of a newborn child,
We talked, and chose to go
To the manger wherein you slept and smiled
Beneath the heav’nly glow.

Keep sleeping, little Jesus
Friendless and cold no more.
I came to stand beside you,
To comfort and adore.

In slumber, so perfect, I watched you rest,
Though I was called to leave.
You needed a friend; I will do my best
To stay and watch this eve.

So lay there, little Jesus,
Asleep just like my lamb.
Smile, knowing you’ve company:
I’m here for you, I am.

Mary holds your hands, sweet and small, like mine;
The fingers gently curled.
Yours will grow to heal hearts and bless all mankind:
The Savior of the world.

So sleep, my baby Jesus
Savior, meek and mild.
Many men will find you yet;
Tonight, though, just a child.


Submitted in the nick of time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Christmas Story Contest.

10 thoughts on “The Little Shepherd’s Lullaby

  1. cathycgb December 11, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    What a darling poem. I love that it’s from a little shepherd’s point of view.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens December 11, 2018 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you. 🙂 I love to think of the child’s perspective, especially for big events.


  2. Susanna Leonard Hill December 12, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    What a beautiful story, Chelsea. So peaceful. And your words made me remember my own babies when they were new – those tiny perfect curled fingers 🙂 Thanks for a lovely sweet entry!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens December 12, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you for reading! I appreciate how much work you put into these contests!!


  3. Nancy Riley December 12, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    Wow, when you write the music to go with it, you’ll have to post the recording! Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens December 12, 2018 / 11:09 pm

      Thank you, Nancy.

      🙂 I actually wrote it based on existing music that we’re going to use for a children’s program, though the words we’ve been practicing are different than this.


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