Words: N. Tate, alt.
1. While humble shepherds
watched their flocks
On Bethlehem's plain by night,
An angel sent from heaven appeared,
And filled the plains with light.
“Fear not,” he said, for sudden dread
Had seized their troubled mind:
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.
2. “To you in David's town,
Is born, of David's line,
The Saviour, Who is Christ the Lord;
And this shall be the sign:
The heav'nly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
And meanly wrapt in swaddling band,
And in a mange laid.”
3. Thus spake the seraph;
Appear'd a shining throng
Of Angels, praising God, and there
Addressed their joyful song;
All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Good will is shown by heaven to men,
And never more shall cease.
Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)