Whilst Shepherds Kept Their Flocks By Ni
Whilst Shepherds kept their flocks by night,
An Angel cloath’d with pow’r and light,
Did to the Shepherds there appear
Which fill’d their minds with dread & fear.
But to their comforts thus he said,
Dear Shepherds be ye not affraid:
I have a message unto you,
Exceeding joyful, great and true.
This day is born in David’s town,
The mighty prince of great renown;
The Lord and Saviour of mankind
In Bethlehem ye shall him find.
There he is in a manger laid,
And there to human view display’d;
He, who hath all at his commands,
Is there a babe in swathing bands.
There to an ang’lic host appear’d,
And thus their songs of praise were hear’d:
All glory be to God on high!
Who brings to us salvation nigh.
O happy news sent down from heav’n!
Since peace to man on earth is giv’n;
Good will from God to man shall be,
And blessings to eternity.