124. 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.

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 meanly wrapped in swaddling clothes
and in a manger laid."

5 Thus spoke the seraph, and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
of angels, praising God, and thus
addressed their joyful song:

6 "All glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace;
goodwill henceforth from heav'n to men
begin and never cease."

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Title: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Author: Nahum Tate (1700)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2017
Topic: Jesus Christ: Incarnation
Tune Information
Name: WINCHESTER OLD
Meter: CM
Key: F Major
Source: Este's Psalmes, 1592; Este's Psalmes, 1592



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