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 (1834–1890)

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).

Alternate Tunes:

George F. Handel (1685–1759)


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!