While humble shepherds watched their flocks

While humble shepherds watched their flocks

Tune: WINCHESTER OLD
Published in 7 hymnals

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While humble shepherds watched their flocks
in Bethleh’m’s plains by night,
An angel sent from heav’n appeared,
and filled the plains with light.

Fear not, he said, (for sudden dread
had seized their troubled mind;)
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you, and all mankind.

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:

The heav’nly Babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
All meanly wrapt in swaddling-bands,
and in a manger laid.

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Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God; and thus
addressed their joyful song:

All glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace;
Good-will is shown by Heav’n to men,
and never more shall cease.

Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases

Text Information

First Line: While humble shepherds watched their flocks
Meter: 8.6.8.6

Tune

WINCHESTER OLD

WINCHESTER OLD is a famous common-meter psalm tune, presumably arranged by George Kirbye (b. Suffolk, England, c. 1560; d. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, 1634) from a melody in Christopher Tye's Acts of the Apostles and published in T. Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes (1592) set to Psalm 84. Ki…

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