While Shepherds Watched (Otford)
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
A Saviour which is Christ the Lord
And this shall be a sign.

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.

Hardy family manuscripts ed. Dave Townsend