Title: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Composer: alt. 1987Este's Psalmes, 1592 Desc. Alan Gray, 1923
Author: Nahum Tate, 1700;
Scripture: Luke 2:10-14
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 humankind. 3. "To you, in David's town this day, Is born of David's line The Savior, who is Christ the Lord, And this shall be the sign: 4. "The heavenly Babe you there shall find To human view displayed, All humbly wrapped in swathing bands, And in a manger laid." 5. Thus spoke 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 to all from highest heaven Begin and never cease!"