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While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks

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While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks is a well known Christmas carol.

  • Tune: Winchester Old
  • Meter: CM
  • Composer: From Thomas Este's Psalter (1592)
  • Lyricist: Nahum Tate (1652 - 1715)
  • Music and lyrics copyright: Public Domain


While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground;
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.
"Fear not!" said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind.
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To all of humankind."
"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."
"The heavenly babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid."
Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God on high,
Who thus addressed their song.
"All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from heaven to earth
Begin and never cease!"

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