1 While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground,
an 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 human-kind.
3 "To you in David's town this day
is born of David's line
a 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 bnads,
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 to the earth be peace;
good will to all from highest heaven
begin and never cease."
|First Line:||While shepherds watched their flocks by night|
|Title:||While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks|
|Author:||Nahum Tate (1700)|
|Topic:||Biblical Characters: David; Hymns with Descants|
|Composer (desc.):||Alan Gray|
|Source:||Este's Psalter (1592) (melody)|
|Copyright:||Descant from A Book of Descants by Alan Gray (1923) published by Cambridge University Press and used by permission|