228. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

1 While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground,
an 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 humankind,
to you and humankind.

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,
and this shall be the sign:

4 "The heavenly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all simply wrapped in swaddling bands,
and in a manger laid,
and in a manger laid."

5 Thus spoke 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 all
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
Paraphraser: Nahum Tate, 1652-1715
Publication Date: 2003
Meter: C.M.
Scripture: John 1:14; Luke 2:8-14; Philippians 2:1-11
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: CHRISTMAS
Arranger: George Frideric Handel, 1685-1759
Meter: C.M.
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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