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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night

Nahum Tate

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,’ he said, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds
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
The Saviour who is Christ the Lord
And this shall be the sign

The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed
And meanly wrapped in swaddling 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
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease!



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