While shepherds watched their flocks by night
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 all mankind:
3 ‘To you in David’s town this day
is born of David’s line
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
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.’
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;
goodwill henceforth from highest heaven
begin and never cease!’
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