94. While shepherds watched their flocks by night

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 —
'Good news of greatest joy I bring
to you and all mankind.

3 'To you in Bethlehem 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,
in simple clothing tightly wrapped
and in a manger laid.'

5 Thus spoke 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 to the earth be peace!
To those on whom his favour rests
goodwill shall never cease.'

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Author: N. Tate (1652-1715)
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (CM)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Topic: God, Saviour: Born (Christmas Seasonal); Christmas 1: The Incarnation
Tune Information
Arranger: W. H. Monk (1823-1889)
Arranger (st. 6): John Barnard (born 1948)
Composer (descant): John Barnard (born 1948)
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (CM)
Key: F Major or modal
Source: T. Este's Psalmes 1592
Copyright: Descant and arr. © John Barnard

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