Number: 236
Title: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Author: Nahum Tate, 1700
Scripture: Luke 2:8-14
Theme: Biblical Narrative;Christ's Gracious Life: Birth and Baptism;Christ's Gracious Life: Birth and Baptism;Christian Year: Christmas;Christian Year: Christmas;Christian Year: Epiphany;Christian Year: Epiphany;Jesus Christ;Service Music: Doxology

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 all of humankind, 
	to all of humankind.

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 swathing bands, 
	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 earth 
	begin and never cease, 
	begin and never cease!"