1. 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 a 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!” Recordings https://play.hymnswithoutwords.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/While-shepherds-watch-their-flocks-Winchester-Old-6-Verses-Organ-with-Willcocks-Descant-2018.mp3
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While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Details Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2 Tune: Winchester Old Meter: CM Style: Renaissance Carol Church Year: Christmas Composer: Christopher Tye (c.1505 – before 1573) from Thomas Este’s Psalter (1592) Lyricist: Nahum Tate (1652 -- 1715) Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.