119. 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 all mankind,
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:
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;
And in a manger laid.

5 "All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace:
Good will henceforth from heav'n to men,
Begin and never cease,
Begin and never cease."

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Title: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Author: Nahum Tate (1700)
Publication Date: 1974
Meter: C.M. Repeats
Scripture: Luke 2:8-14
Topic: Christ: Birth
Tune Information
Name: CHRISTMAS
Composer: George Frederick Handel (1728)
Meter: C.M. Repeats
Key: C Major
Source: Arr. in Weyman's Melodia Sacra, 1815



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