While shepherds watched their flocks by night


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."


Words: Nahum Tate (1652-1715), 1700

Music: Winchester Old (Este's Whole Book of Psalmes, arranged William Henry Monk, 1823-1889)

Meter: CM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 044 Winchester Old  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 045 Old English Carol (unnamed)  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 043 Carol  
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 018 Southwell  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 018 Flensburg  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 018 Anglia, Nottingham  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 018 Anglia  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 086 Bethlehem  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 079 Winchester Old  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 062 Winchester Old  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879 116    
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 232 Winchester Old  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 083 Bethlehem  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 054 Zerah  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 054 Gabriel, Winchester Old  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 054 Gabriel, St. Martin's  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 054 Shepherds, Willis  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 054 Carol, St. Martin's, St. Ursula  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 054 Carol, Winchester Old  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
039 Winchester Old  
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 094 Bethlehem, Winchester Old  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 064 Bethlehem, Winchester Old  
The English Hymnal, 1906 030 Northrop, Winchester Old  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 075 Bethlehem, Winchester Old  
The Hymnal 1916 071 Winchester Old  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 104 Bethlehem Shepherds, Christmas Bells, Winchester Old  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 089 Bethlehem, Winchester Old  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
052 Gabriel, Winchester Old  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 075 Northrop, St. George  
Songs of Praise, 1925 056 Northrop, Winchester Old  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 082 Winchester Old  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 076 Winchester Old  
The Hymnal 1940 013 Carol, Winchester Old  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 062 Winchester Old  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 220 Northrop, Winchester Old  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 068 Winchester Old  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 123 Winchester Old  
The Hymn Book 1971 405 Winchester Old  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 223 Lyngham, Winchester Old  
The Hymnal 1982 094, 095 Winchester Old, Hampton  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 037 Winchester Old  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 042 Winchester Old  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 094 Winchester Old  
Church Family Worship, 1988 658 Winchester Old  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 554 Winchester Old  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 136 Winchester Old  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 299 Winchester Old  
Sing Glory, 1999 367 Winchester Old  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 764 Winchester Old  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 076 Winchester Old  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 745 Winchester Old  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 188 Winchester Old  

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