AGH 138

Verse 1

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.

Verse 2

Fear not, said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind;
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.

Verse 3

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:

Verse 4

The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swaddling bands,
And in a manger laid.

Verse 5

Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, who thus
Addressed their joyful song:

Verse 6

All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease!