While Shepherds Were Watching Their Flocks By the Night

DESCRIPTION: "While shepherds were watching" angels shouted "Cheer up, faithful shepherds, and be not afraid ... The saviour is born." "I went to behold him. I asked them his name. His name it was Jesus; from Bethlehem came"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1972 (recording, George Dunn)
KEYWORDS: carol Christmas religious shepherd Jesus
FOUND IN: Britain(England(West))
Roud #16898
George Dunn, "While Shepherds Were Watching Their Flocks By the Night" (on Voice16)
cf. "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks" (subject)
NOTES [47 words]: Like "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks," this is clearly based on Luke 2:8-14. I can't help but suspect there is some sort of relationship between the two. A rewrite for a different sect? A retranslation of a version translated into Welsh or some such? To this I have no clue. - RBW

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