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. "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." "To you in David's town this day Is born of David's line A Savior, who is Christ the Lord, And this shall be the sign, And this shall be the sign:" "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." Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith Appeared a shining throng Of angels praising God, who thus Addressed their joyful song, Addressed their joyful song: "All glory be to God on high, And to earth be peace: Good will to men from highest heav'n Begin and never cease, Begin and never cease." Words by Nahum Tate, 1700. Music by George F. Handel, 1728.