While shepards watched their flocks by night
all seated on the ground
the angel of the lord came down
and glory shown around.
Fear not said he, for mighty dread
has seized their troubled mind
glad tidings of geat joy i bring
to you and all mankind.
To you in David's town this day
is born David's line.
A savior who is christ the lord,
and this shall be his sign;
The heavenly child you there shall find
to human view displayed
all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
and in a manget laid.
Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith
sppeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, who thus
adressed their joyful song:
All glory to be God on high,
and to the earth be peace:
goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
begin and never cease.