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Hymn 8.

C. M.

While shepherds watch’d 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,

The Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;

And this shall be the sign:

“The heavenly babe you there shall find

To human view display’d,

All meanly wrapp’d in swathing bands,

And in a manger laid.”

Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith

Appear’d a shining throng

Of angels praising God, on high,

And thus addressed their song:

“All glory be to God on high,

And to the earth be peace;

Good will henceforth, from heaven to men,

Begin and never cease.”

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