1 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.
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,
To you and all mankind.
3 ""To you, in David's town, this day
Is born of David's line,
The Saviour, Who is Christ the Lord;
And this will be the sign'
And this will be the sign.
4 ""The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid,
And in a manger laid.
5 ""All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease,
Begin and never cease.""