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While shepherds watched their flocks

Words by Nahum Tate 1700. First appeared in Tate and Brady’s Psalter, 1702
Tune: CHRISTMAS, by George F. Handel 1728. Arranged in Harmonia Sacra, 1812
Key signature: D major (2 sharps)
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1. While shepherds watched their flocks by night, All seated on the ground, The angel of the Lord came down, And glory shone around, 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 To you and all mankind.”
3. “To you, in David’s town, this day Is born of David’s line A Savior, who is Christ the Lord, And this shall be the sign, And this shall be the sign.”
4. “The heavenly Babe you there shall find To human view displayed, All meanly wrapped in swaddling clothes, And in a manger laid, And in a manger laid.”
5. Thus spake the seraph and forthwith Appeared a shining throng Of angels praising God on high, Who thus addressed their song, Who thus addressed their 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, Begin and never cease!”