253. 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,
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,
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,
and this shall be the sign:

4 “The heav’nly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all humbly wrapped in swathing bands,
and in a manger laid,
and in a manger laid.”

5 The angel spoke, and suddenly
appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, and thus
addressed their joyful song,
addressed their joyful song:

6 “All glory be to God on high
and to the earth be peace,
goodwill henceforth from heav’n to earth
begin and never cease,
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
Publication Date: 2020
Scripture:
Source: based on Luke 2:8–14
Tune Information
Name: CHRISTMAS
Composer: George F. Handel (1728)
Meter: CM
Key: D Major



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