John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Advent 2006: Song of the Angels at the Nativity

Song of the Angels at the Nativity

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 heavenly Babe you there shall find
     to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swathing 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 on earth be peace;
good will henceforth from heaven to me
     begin and never cease.”

Attributed to Nahum Tate (1652 – 1715)

You may know this as "While shepherds watched their flocks by night." Or perhaps not.

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