Hymn Lyrics : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night

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This is a beautiful Christmas hymn relating the story of how the angels of God appearing suddenly before a group of humble shepherds who were tending their sheep, telling about the birth of Jesus Christ, Savior of all mankind.


While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night

Lyrics ~ Nahum Tate, 1652-1715

Music ~ Gottfried W. Fink, 1842



Stanza 1:

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," said he, for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled minds;

"Glad tidings of great joy I bring

To you and all mankind.



Stanza 2:

"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:

The heavenly Babe you there shall find

To human view displayed,

All meanly wrapped in swaddling-clothes

And in a manger laid."



Stanza 3:

Thus spake the seraph, - and forthwith

Appeared a shining throng

Of angels, praising God, and thus

Addressed their joyful song:

"All glory be to God on high,

And to the earth be peace;

Good will henceforth from Heaven to men

Begin and never cease."


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