While Shepherds watched their flocks

George Frederick Handel

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While shepherds watched their flocks by night, 
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All seated on the ground, 
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The angel of the Lord came down, 
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And glory shone around, 
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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 and all mankind.' 
 
'To you in David's town this day 
Is born of David's line 
A Savior, who is Christ the Lord, 
And this shall be the sign, 
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, 
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, 
Addressed their joyful song: 
 
'All glory be to God on high, 
And to earth be peace: 
Good will to men from highest heav'n 
Begin and never cease, 
Begin and never cease.' 
 
 
Words by Nahum Tate, 1700.   
Music by George F. Handel, 1728. 
 
 
 

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