While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks lyrics
The Irish Tenors
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 Savior, 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 on high,
Addressed their joyful song.
“All glory be to God on high,
And to the Earth grant peace;
Good will henceforth from heav’n to men
Begin and never cease!”
Lyrics: Nahum Tate - Irish poet, hymnist and lyricist, who became Poet Laureate in 1692.
Melody: "Winchester Old" by George Kirbye, "Christmas" by George Frideric Handel, arranged by Lowell Mason.
Based On: Gospel of Luke 2:8
Album: by The Irish Tenors (pictured) - Home For Christmas (Oct 12, 2010)