While shepherds watched their flocks by night (William Crisp)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-09-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 39 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Composer: William Crisp
Lyricist: Nahum Tate

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1755
Description: "An hymn for Christmas Day". West Gallery style hymnody published in London, but advertising book-sellers in Colchester, Woodbridge, Ipswich, Norwich, Yarmouth, Beccles, Aylsham, Saxmundham, Long Stratton, Elsing and Monk's Toft. Unusual triple-time setting of Tate's ubiquitous text.

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Original text and translations

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