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While shepherds watched their flocks by




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 mind)
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.


"To you in David's town, this day
Is born of David's line,
A 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 swaddling bands,
And in a manger laid."


Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, who thus
Addressed their joyful song;


"All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease."


---Alternative verses---


Where shepherds watched their flocks by night,
Near little Beth’lem town;
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.


"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 ye there shall find,
To human view displayed
There meanly wrapt in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid.”


Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, on high
And thus addressed their song;


Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, on high
And thus addressed their song;


Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, and thus
Addressed their heavenly song:

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1700
      Bible Refs: Lk 2:8-14;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1854# 105
      2005# 142
      1851# 215
      1815# 33
      1965# 123
      1977# 223
      1962# 113
      1956# 79
      1994# 810
      1988# 658
      1919# 89
      1960# 68
      2000# 188
      1920# 52
      1998# 136
      2000# 76
      2000# 764
      1996# 147
      1899# 61
      1992# 196
      1890# 83
      1874# 44
      1904# 64
      1983# 37
      1950# 62
      1983# 120
      1988# 94
      # 135
      1964# 143
      1826# 43
      1996# 554
      1954# 129
      1955# 220
      1925# 75
      1990# 58
      # 33
      1869# 43
      1999# 367
      1991# 602
      1925# 56
      1931# 82
      # 643
      1908# 75
      1917# 104
      1906# 30
      1903# 384
      1971# 405
      1916# 71
      1940# 13
      1982# 94
      1986# 42
      1866# 268
      1999# 299
      1961# 156
      1989# 236
      1885# 232
      1900# 39
      MUSIC
      Name: WINCHESTER OLD
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1592
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 extended
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 6
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)

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