It is unknown who wrote the African American Christmas spiritual 'Rise Up Shepherd and Follow' but it was first published in 1891.

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Today it is a popular Christmas hymn and tells the story about the shepherds left their sheep to follow a star to find Jesus.

The carol was made famous by The Muppets who performed it in the 1997 Christmas special A Cathedral Christmas

'Rise Up Shepherd and Follow' lyrics

There’s a star in the East on Christmas morn;
Rise up, shepherd, and follow;
It will lead to the place where the Christ was born;
Rise up, shepherd, and follow.

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Follow, follow;
Rise up, shepherd, and follow.
Follow the Star of Bethlehem;
Rise up, shepherd, and follow.

Leave your sheep, leave your sheep, and leave your lambs;
Rise up, shepherd, and follow;
Leave your ewes and your rams, leave your ewes and rams;
Rise up, shepherd, and follow.

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3 If you take good heed to the angel’s words;
Rise up, shepherd, and follow;
You’ll forget your flocks, you’ll forget your herds;
Rise up, shepherd, and follow.

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