Christmas Hymn

While shepherds watched

Reference Number:- Darby Number:- Godden Number:-
sb 536 177 400
 

Title word, and words of the hymn
the image of this bookmark
was kindly donated by
Richard W Bell Antiques
 

Words:

 
 
 
 

Christmas

hymn

 
FLOCKS BY NIGHT
WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCH'D THEIR
ALL SEATED ON THE GROUND,
THE ANGEL OF THE LORD CAME DOWN
AND GLORY SHONE AROUND,
 
FEAR NOT SAID HE FOR MIGHT DREAD
HAD SEIZ'D THEIR TROUBLED MIND,
GLAD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY I BRING
TO YOU AND ALL MANKIND,
 
TO YOU, IN DAVID'S TOWN, THIS DAY
IS BORN OF DAVID'S LINE
THE SAVIOUR WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD
AND THIS SHALL BE THE SIGN;
 
FIND
THE HEAVENLY BABE YOU THERE SHALL
TO HUMAN VIEW DISPLAY'D
ALL MEANLY WRAPT IN SWATHING BANDS
AND IN A MANGER LAID,
 
WITH
THUS SPAKE THE SERAPH AND FORTH-
APPEAR'D A SHINING THRONG
OF ANGELS, PRAISING GOD, AND THUS
ADDRESS'D THEIR JOYFUL SONG;
 
ALL GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH,
AND TO THE EARTH BE PEACE:    (TO MEN
GOOD-WILL HENCEFORTH FROM HEAV'N
BEGIN, AND NEVER CEASE.
 
 
Size of Silk:
16.5cm long by 4.5cm wide
Alternative back-ground colours:
 
Comments:
Signed: "T. STEVENS MANF=R COVENTRY." on reverse top turnover:

Stevens logo on the reverse top turn over
Stevens logo on the reverse top turn-over of this bookmark
 

Godden records this bookmark design as having been registered on 15 November 1862. There is however no diamond registration mark woven in the bookmark:

view of the reverse pointed end turn over of this bookmark, showing the absence of a diamond registration mark
view of the reverse pointed end turn over of this bookmark,
showing the absence of a diamond registration mark
 

Chris, at Richard W Bell Antiques, kindly donated the image of this bookmark, and shares his extensive research:

Written by Nahum Tate (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1652; d. Southwark, London, England, 1715).
It was first published in 1700 in a supplement to the New Version of the Psalms by Tate and Nicholas Brady. It later appeared in a 1702 supplement as it exists here in 6 stanzas of 4 lines and is credited to be published in an amazing 953 different hymnals.

 



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