While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Written by: George Kirbye, Nahum Tate

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Verse 1:
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While shepherds watched their flocks  by  night,
A/C♯  D      Esus4  E   Asus2add4   A
All   seated on     the ground,
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The  an –  gel    of    the  Lord   came down
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And glo – ry shone a – round,
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And glo – ry shone a – round.
Verse 2:
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'Fear not.' said he, for migh -  ty  dread
A/C♯   D            Esus4   E    Asus2add4   A
Had    seized their trou -  bled   mind;
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'Glad tid  -  ings  of  great  joy  I  bring
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To you and all man - kind,
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To you and all man - kind.
Verse 3:
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'To you in David's town  this day
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Is    born of Da -   vid's    line
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A    Sa  -  viour, who  is    Christ the Lord,
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And this shall be the sign,
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And this shall be the sign:
Verse 4:
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'The heavenly babe you there shall find
   A/C♯    D     Esus4   E     Asus2add4   A
To hu   -  man   view    dis - played,
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All  mean - ly  wrapped  in   swadd-ling bands,
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And in a man - ger laid,
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And in a man - ger  laid.'
Verse 5:
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Thus spake the ser - aph; and   forth - with
A/C♯   D        Esus4  E     Asus2add4   A
Ap -   peared a shi -  ning   throng
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Of   an - gels,  prai - sing   God,  who thus
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Ad - dressed their joyful song,
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Ad - dressed their joyful song:
Verse 6:
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'All glo-ry be to God   on   high
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And    on the  earth   be    peace;
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Good – will   hence - forth from  heaven to men
     G       A7    Bm    E
Be - gin and never cease,
     G       A7    D2
Be - gin and never cease.' 

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 swaddling 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 the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease.'

Lyrics: Public Domain


Copyright © Arr. 2010 Integrity Music

Writers: George Kirbye, Nahum Tate

Themes: Traditional Hymns

Bible References: Luke 2 : 8 - 14

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