372. 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 humankind."

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:"

4 "The heav'nly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swaddling bands,
And in a manger laid."

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: 2015
Scripture:
Topic: Christmas
Tune Information
Name: WINCHESTER OLD
Composer: Christopher Tye, c. 1497-c. 1572
Meter: CM
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Thomas Este's Whole Booke of Psalmes, London, 1592



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