Tuesday, 9 December 2008

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

While Shepherds Watched their Flocks is attributed to Irish hymnist, lyricist and Poet Laureate, Nahum Tate. The exact date of Tate's composition is not known, but the words appeared in Tate and Nicholas Brady's 1700 supplement to their psalter, New Version of the Psalms of David of 1696.

It was the only Christmas hymn authorised to be sung by the Anglican Church; before 1700 only the Psalms of David were permitted to be sung.

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