LET US GO, O SHEPHERDS is a short play dramatizing the origins of the song “Let Us Go, O Shepherds”. Manuel, a shepherd boy in New Mexico during the early 1700s, is sternly ordered by his master to find a missing lamb — or not come back at all. Wandering through the chilly desert night, Manuel meets an old man who asks him for a blanket; Manuel gives it to him. He meets an old woman who asks him for food; Manuel gives her his last tortilla. Now cold and hungry, Manuel meets a young man; Manuel immediately protests that he has nothing left to give. The young man says it is now Manuel’s turn to receive and points toward a large cactus that shelters a man, woman and newborn infant — the Holy Family. Manuel pays homage to them, receives the baby Jesus’ blessing and returns to his master and the other shepherds, who berate him for not finding the missing lamb. Manuel replies, “I have found the lamb — Jesus, the Lamb of God. Come, and you will see.” They follow Manuel into the night. Playscript contains full set, stage, costume directions along with useful staging tips.