Songs & Hymns

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night

This popular carol seems to be about the shepherds but is really about the message sung by the angels and their detailed description of who Christ is and where he can be found.

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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 swathing 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 highest heaven
Begin and never cease!'

Words: Nahum Tate (1652-1715)

Music: T Este's Psalmes 1592 arranged W H Monk (1823-1889)

This arrangement © The Royal School of Church Music, 19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EB. This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 2088730. Please include all items copied in your annual report, quoting 'Worship Workshop'.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions. Organist Gillian Lloyd. Recorded on the organ of Guildford United Reformed Church by kind permission of the Elders.

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