While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night
For Christmas: Nocturn.
Song of the Angels, at the Nativity of our Blessed Saviour
Words: Nahum Tate; first appeared in Tate and Brady’s Supplement To The New Version of Psalms, 1700.
Music: "To St. James Tune, or any other Time of 8 and 6 Syllables," according to Tate and Brady, Eighth Edition, Corrected, 1833.
Source: Rev. John Chandler, The Hymns of the Primitive Church (London: John W. Parker, 1837), pp. 45-46.
1. While shepherds watched their flocks
All seated on the ground,
The Angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around :
2. " Fear not," said he, for
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
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
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid."
5. Thus spake the seraph, and forth
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, and thus
Addressed their joyful song:
6. " All glory be to God on
And to the earth be peace :
Good-will henceforth from Heaven to men
Begin, and never cease."
Copies of this carol on this web site include:
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks - Gilbert (with notes and sheet music)
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night - Chandler (this page)
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