While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Traditional)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-12).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-12-12).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: For SATB.
  • (Posted 2004-05-20)  CPDL #07075:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files
Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Tune: Winchester Old

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 37

Description: For a descant, see Winchester Old (Andrew Sims).

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at While shepherds watched their flocks by night.