While Shepherds watched their flocks by night
All seated on the ground, all seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around

Fear notÓ said he for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind, had seized their troubled mind,
Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
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, is born of David’s line
A saviour who is Christ the Lord
A saviour who is Christ the Lord
And this shall be the sign:

The heavenly babe you there shall find
To human view display , to human view display
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands
And in a manger laid.Ó

Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng, appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, who thus
Of angels praising God, who thus
Addressed their joyful song:

All glory be to God on high
And to the Earth be peace, and to the Earth be peace
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease.Ó

Ian Ground