While Humble Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

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Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1841

Hymn 244
1. While humble shepherds watched their flocks
In Bethlehem's fields by night,
An angel, sent from heaven, appeared,
And filled the fields with light.

2. Fear not, he said, (for sudden dread
Had seized their troubled mind.)
Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.

3. To you, in David's town, this day
Is born of David's line,
The Savior, who is Christ the Lord:
And this shall be the sign:

4. The heav'nly babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapt in swaddling bands,
And in a manger laid.

5. Thus spoke the seraph; and forthwith,
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God; and thus
Addressed their joyful song:

8. All glory be to God on high
And to the earth be peace;
Good will is shown by heav'n to men,
And never more shall cease.