Hymn:While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night
Tune:Winchester Old
Words:Nahum Tate (1652-1715)
Music:Tate's Psalms, 1592
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Verse 1
While shepherds watched their flocks by night, 
all seated on the ground, 
an angel of the Lord came down, 
and glory shone around.  
 
Verse 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." 
 
Verse 3
"To you, in David's town, this day 
is born of David's line 
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord; 
and this shall be the sign:" 
 
Verse 4
"The heavenly babe you there shall find 
to human view displayed, 
all meanly wrapped in swaddling bands 
and in a manger laid."  
 
Verse 5
Thus spoke the angel; and forthwith 
appeared a shining throng 
of angels praising God, who thus 
addressed their joyful song: 
 
Verse 6
"All glory be to God on high, 
and to the earth be peace; 
goodwill henceforth from heaven to men 
begin and never cease!"  
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