192. While shepherds watch'd their flocks by night

While shepherds watch'd their flocks by night
All seated on the ground.
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around,
And glory shone around.
Fear not said he for mighty dread
Had seiz'd their trouble dmind,
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and all mankind,
To you and all mankind.

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,
And this shall be the sign.
The heavenly babe you there shall find
To humble view display'd,
All meanly wrapt in swaddling bands,
and in a manger laid,
And in a manger laid.

Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, and thus
Address'd their joyful song,
Address'd their joyful song.
All glory be to God on high,
And on the earth be peace,
Good will henceforth from heav'n to man
Begin and never cease,
Begin and never cease.

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watch'd their flocks by night
Language: English
Publication Date: 1761
Tune Information
Name: CHRISTMAS
Key: G Major



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