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 humankind.
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 heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All humbly 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 to all from highest heaven
Begin and never cease!"
|First Line:||While shepherds watched their flocks by night|
|Title:||While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks|
|Author:||Nahum Tate (1700; alt. 1987)|
|Composer (desc.):||Alan Gray (1923)|
|Source:||Este's Psalmes, 1592|
|Copyright:||Descant copyright by Cambridge University Press. Used by permission.|
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