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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 Savior who is Christ the Lord,
“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.”

Thus, spoke the Seraph; and forthwith
Appeared a shining Throng 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, henceforth, from Heav’n to Men,
Begin and never cease.”

-The ABC With the Church of England Catechism (1785)