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While Shepherds Watched Lyrics and Music

The lovely words and lyrics of this treasured hymn begin with "While shepherds watched their flocks by night" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The words and lyrics of this 'While Shepherds Watched' hymn were written by the Irish author, Nahum Tate. The joyous music that accompanies the 'While Shepherds Watched' Christmas Hymn were composed by George F. Handel. The author of the hymn, Nahum Tate, was born 1652 and died August 12, 1715. The composer of the music to the 'While Shepherds Watched' hymn, George F. Handel, was born February 23, 1685 and died April 14, 1759. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this joyous Christmas carol.

While Shepherds Watched Hymn
Title: While Shepherds Watched *** Name of Composer: George F. Handel *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Nahum Tate *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols



Author of the Lyrics
The author of the words of the 'While Shepherds Watched' lyrics, Nahum Tate (1652-August 12, 1715), was born in Dublin, Ireland and achieved fame as a zlyrjobz.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of 'While Shepherds Watched', George Frideric Handel (February 23, 1685-April 14, 1759), was born in Halle, Germany and became famous as a German baroque composer, world famous for his oratorios, operas, anthems, and organ concertos.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: While Shepherds Watched
Author of Lyrics: Nahum Tate (1652 to August 12, 1715)

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English

Name of Composer of Music: George F. Handel (February 23, 1685 to April 14, 1759)
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
First Publication Date: 1700


While Shepherds Watched Lyrics

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," he said,
For mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds
"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
The 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
And 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, who thus
Addressed their joyful song
Addressed their joyful song

"All glory be to
God on high
And to the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth
From heaven to men
Begin and never cease
Begin and never cease!"

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