1 While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground,
the angel of the Lord came down,
and glory shone around.
2 "Fear not," said he — for mighty dread
had seized their troubled mind —
"glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and all mankind.
3 "To you, in David's town this day,
is born of David's line,
the Savior, who is Christ the Lord,
and this shall be the sign:
4 "The heav'nly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
and in a manger laid."
5 Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, who thus
addressed their joyful song:
6 "All glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace:
good will henceforth, from heav'n to men,
begin and never cease!"
|First Line:||While shepherds watched their flocks by night|
|Title:||While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks|
|Author:||Nahum Tate (1700)|
|Topic:||Christ: Messiah; Christ: Son of David|
|Source:||T. Este's The Whole Book of Psalms, 1592; alt. 1990|