While shepherds watched (Winchester Old)

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  • 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.

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Carol – While shepherds watched – Lyrics

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 you and all mankind.”

“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, who thus
addressed their joyful song:

“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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