336. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night

1 While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground,
an 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 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:

4 "The heav'nly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all humbly wrapped in swaddling clothes
and in a manger laid."

5 Then suddenly in heav'n's bright sky
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;
to those on whom his favor rests
goodwill shall never cease."

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Title: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
Author: Nahum Tate, 1652-1714 (alt.)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2021
Topic: Christmas
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer (attributed to): George Kirbye, c. 1560-1634
Meter: CM
Key: F Major or modal
Source: The Whole Booke of Psalmes, London, 1592
Copyright: Public Domain

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