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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Hymns, 211

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1. While shepherds watch’d 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 dreadHad seized their troubled mind;“Glad tidings of great joy I bringTo you and all mankind.”

2. “To you, in David’s town this day,Is born of David’s lineThe Savior who is Christ the Lord,And this shall be the sign:The heav’nly Babe you there shall findTo human view displayed,All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,And in a manger laid.”

3. Thus spake the seraph, and forthwithAppeared a shining throngOf angels praising God, who thusAddressed their joyful song:“All glory be to God on highAnd on the earth be peace.Goodwill henceforth from heav’n to menBegin and never cease.”