110. 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,
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
The 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, who thus
Addressed their joyful song,
Addressed their joyful 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."

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Title: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Author: Nahum Tate, 1652-1715
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011
Scripture:
Topic: Jesus Christ: Advent and Nativity; Christmas; Jesus: Advent and Nativity
Tune Information
Name: CHRISTMAS
Composer: George Frederick Handel, 1685-1759
Meter: CM
Key: D Major
Source: Arr: Weyman's Melodia Sacra, 1815



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