While by my Sheep I Watched at Night

This hymn is a German carol from the 1600s, translated to English by Theodore Baker (1851-1934).

It is usually set to the tune JÜNGST, by German composer Hugo Richard Jüngst (1853-1923).


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While by my sheep I watched at night,
Glad tidings brought an angel bright:

Refrain:
How great my joy, great my joy,
Joy, joy joy,
Joy, joy joy,
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high.
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high.

There shall be born, so He did say,
In Bethlehem a child today:

There shall He lie in manger mean,
Who shall redeem the world from sin:

This gift of God we'll cherish well,
That ever joy my heart shall fill.

Lord, evermore to me be nigh,
Then shall my heart be filled with joy!

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