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Come, shepherds, joyfully

Boh predvicnyj

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This is an English setting of the Hungarian Christmas hymn, Pasztorok, Pasztorok örvendeznek, which is sung in several Hungarian Greek Catholic parishes in the United States.

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The text was written by Béla Tárkányi (1821-1886), and the melody was composed (or possibly collected) by the brothers Endre and Ferenc Zsasskovszky (1824-1882, 1819-1887). The English translation here was used on the recording, Light from the East: Carols from Central and Eastern Europe, from the Schola Cantorum of Saint Peter (Chicago); the author of the translation is unknown.

This setting is the one used at St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church in Munhall, PA, the oldest Hungarian Greek Catholic parish in the Pittsburgh area.