SS & S 33
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
The Saviour, 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 forth-with
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, who thus
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 !"