While shepherds watched their flocks

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While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground,
the angel of the Lord came down,
and glory shone around,
and glory shone around.
“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread
had seized their troubled mind:
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and humankind,
to you and humankind.
“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,
and this shall be the sign:
“The heavenly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all humbly wrapped in swathing bands,
and in a manger laid,
and in a manger laid.”
Thus spoke the seraph, and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, who thus
addressed their joyful song,
addressed their joyful song:
"all glory be to God on high,
and on the earth be peace;
good will henceforth from heaven to earth
begin and never cease,
begin and never cease."

Text Information View on Hymnary

First Line:
While shepherds watched their flocks by night, All seated on the ground
Title:
While shepherds watched their flocks
Author:
Nahum Tate (1700)
Meter:
8.6.8.6
Language:
English
Copyright:
Public Domain
Liturgical Use:
Scripture Songs

Tune Information View on Hymnary

Title:
CHRISTMAS (Handel)
Composer:
George Frideric Handel (1728)
Meter:
8.6.8.6.6
Copyright:
Public Domain