While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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Lyrics to the Christmas Carol While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.


Information and facts about the Christmas carol While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.

  • The lyrics was written by Nahum Tate.
  • Nahum Tate (1652 – 1715) was an Irish poet.
  • The lyrics describes the Annunciation to the Shepherds.


Lyrics to While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.

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

“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 and all mankind.”

“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
And this shall be the sign.”

“The heavenly Babe
You there shall find
To human view displayed
And meanly wrapped
In swathing bands
And in a manger laid
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
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
Begin and never cease!”