93. 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;
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 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 meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
Andin a manger laid.

5 Thus spake 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
Heaven to men Begin and never cease!

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Author: Nahum Tate (1652-1715)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: The Lord Jesus Christ: Birth
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