- cantus - archiv - special -
M: Gottfried Wilhelm Fink (1783 - 1846), T: Nahum Tate (1625 - 1715)
- While humble shepherds watched their flocks
In Bethlehem´s plains by night,
An angel sent from heaven appeared
and filled the plains with light.
"Fear not" he said, for sudden 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 child you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swaddling-bands,
And in a manger laid."
- Thus spake¹ the seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining strong
of angels, praising God, and thus
Addressed their joyful song:
"All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Good will is shown by heaven to men,
And never more shall cease."
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