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
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,
and in a manger laid."
5 Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, who thus
addressed their joyful song:
6 "All glory be to God on high
and on earth be peace;
good will henceforth from heaven to me
begin and never cease."
|First Line:||While shepherds watched their flocks by night|
|Title:||While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks|
|Paraphraser:||Nahum Tate (1652-1715)|
|Composer (descant):||Craig Sellar Lang (1891-1971)|
|Source:||Whole Booke of Psalmes, 1592|
|Copyright:||Descant © Novello & Co, Ltd. / Shawnee Press, Inc.|