While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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 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
Good will henceforth from Heav’n to men
Begin and never cease!”