Nahum Tate, 1700
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.
2. 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.
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid.
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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