While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Melody - Melody - George F. Handel

Nahum Tate

While shepherds watched
Their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground;
The 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 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." :|

  4. "The heavenly babe
You there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped
In swathing bands,
|: 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 henceforth
From heaven to men
|: Begin, and never cease!" :|

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