Number: 58
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
Theme: Christmas

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!"