Scripture Verse

There were shepherds living out in the fields…keeping watch over their flocks at night. Luke 2:8–9


Shepherds Abiding in the Fields
Carl H. Bloch

Words: Na­hum Tate, 1700. First pub­lished in Tate & Bra­dy’s Psal­ter, 1702.

Music: Christ­mas George F. Han­del, 1728. Ar­ranged in Har­mon­ia Sacra, 1812 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George F. Handel


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

Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God on high,
Who thus addressed their song,
Who thus addressed their 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,
Begin and never cease!