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While shepherds watched their flocks

1) While shepherds watch'd their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.

2) Fear not, said he, (for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind),
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.

3) To you, in David's town, this day
Is born of David's line
A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
And this shall be the sign.

4) The heav'nly babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid.

5) Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith
Appeared a heavenly throng
Of angels praising God, and thus
Addressed their joyful song:

6) 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!

Deutsche Übersetzung: Seht, Hirten hielten auf dem Feld

While shepherds watched their flocks (Als Hirten Nachtwache bei ihrer Herde hielten) ist ein englisches Weihnachtslied, das die Verkündigung an die Hirten (Lk 2,8–14 EU) beschreibt.

Text: (1700)
Melodie: (1970)
CCLI-Nr.: 32008

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