94. While shepherds watched their flocks by night

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
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord;
and this shall be the sign:

4. "The heavenly 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 on earth be peace;
good will henceforth from heaven to men
begin and never cease."

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Author: Nahym Tate, 1625-1715
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Tune Information
Composer (desc.): Craig Sellar Lang, 1891-1971
Meter: CM
Key: F Major
Copyright: Descant by permission of Novello and Company, Limited.

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