382. While Shepherds Watched

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
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 swathing bands,
And in a manger laid.”

5 The angel spoke, and suddenly
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, who now
Begin their joyful song:

6 “All glory be to God on high
And on the earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from heav’n to all
Begin and never cease.”

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Title: While Shepherds Watched
Author: Nahum Tate, 1652-1715
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: Christmas; Christmas Season
Tune Information
Composer: Christopher Tye, c. 1500-c. 1572
Harmonizer: George Kirby, fl. 1592 (alt.)
Meter: CM
Key: E Major

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