169. 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,
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,
To you and all mankind.

3 "To you, in David's town this day,
Is born of David's line
The Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord,
And this shall be the sign:
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,
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:
Addressed their joyful song:

6 "All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace:
Good will henceforth, from heaven to men,
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 by Night
Author: Nahum Tate, 1652-1715 (1700)
Publication Date: 1955
Meter: C. M.
Scripture: Luke 2:7-17
Tune Information
Name: CHRISTMAS
Composer (attributed to): Georg Friedrich Handel (1728)
Meter: C. M.
Key: D Major



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