75. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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
a Saviour, 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 to all from highest heaven
begin and never cease."

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Title: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Author: Nahum Tate (1700, alt.)
Meter: 8 6 8 6
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: The Christian Year: Christmas; Annunciation; Biblical Characters: David (11 more...)
Tune Information
Name: WINCHESTER OLD
Meter: 8 6 8 6
Key: F Major
Source: Este's Whole Booke of Psalmes 1592 (adapt.)



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