While Shepherds Watched

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 heav’nly Babe you there shall find to human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands, and in a manger laid.”

Thus spake the seraph and forthwith appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, and thus addressed their joyful song:
“All glory be to God on high, and to the earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from Heav’n to men begin and never cease.

L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, Crown Hymnal (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912).

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