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 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 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 heav'n to men,
Begin and never cease,
Begin and never cease!"
|First Line:||While shepherds watched their flocks by night|
|Title:||While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks|
|Author:||Nahum Tate (1700)|
|Topic:||Christ: Messiah; Christ: Son of David|
|Arranger:||Lowell Mason (1821)|
|Composer:||George Frederick Handel (1728)|
|Source:||From George Frederick Handel, Siroe, 1728|