‘While Shepherds Watched’

Following a suggestion by our esteemed colleague, “thewhiterabbit,” [you wouldn’t believe the typo I just corrected: “thewhiterabbi”] I’m going to keep posting Christmas music until the 12 days of Christmas are fulfilled. So keep those Christmas hymn requests coming!

While Shepherd Watched came out in 1703, while good Queen Anne was on the throne of England. Lyrics by Nahum Tate, melody by Handel. And if you’d like to know what it sounded like back then, I can’t do better than assign that job to Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

2 comments on “‘While Shepherds Watched’

  1. Maddy Prior’s version takes me back to Medieval times (no, I don’t believe in reincarnation). Here’s a request for another carol from Medieval times – “Good Christian Men, Rejoice.”
    In St. Matthew’s Gospel, when the Marys saw the resurrected Jesus and held his feet, He said “Rejoice” (NKJV).

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