While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

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    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 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 spoke the seraph; and forth-with
    Appeared a shining throng
    Of angels praising God, and thus
    Addressed their joyful song:

    Verse 6
    All glory be to God on high,
    And on the earth be peace;
    Good will hence forth from heaven to men
    Begin and never cease.