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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

words by Nahum Tate, 1700

  1. 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.

  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
    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,
    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,
    And in a manger laid."

  5. Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
    Appeared a shining throng
    Of angels praising God on high,
    Who thus addressed their song,
    Who thus addressed their song:

  6. "All glory be to God on high,
    And to the Earth be peace;
    Good will henceforth from heaven to men
    Begin and never cease,
    Begin and never cease!"