340. 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 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,
all simply wrapped in swaddling clothes
and in a manger laid.'

5 Thus spoke the seraph, and at once
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!
Goodwill henceforth from highest heaven
begin and never cease.'

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Author: Nahum Tate, 1652-1715 (alt.)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Topic: Jesus Christ: His Birth
Source: Paraphrase 37; Adapt.: Compilers of Praise!, 2000
Tune Information
Meter: CM
Key: F Major
Source: Este's Psalter, 1592

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