While shepherds watched their flocks by night (Thomas Clark)

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Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-10).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Composer: Thomas Clark
Tune: Cranbrook
Lyricist: Nahum Tate

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Tune published 1805 (but not with this text: see below)

Description: The tune 'Cranbrook' was originally published as a setting of Philip Doddridge's Short Meter text 'Grace, 'tis a charming sound' tune, in Thomas Clark's book A Sett of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, [1805]. In adapting it to Common Meter texts such as 'While shepherds watched their flocks by night' or 'On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at', two slurs are removed from the first line.

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Original text and translations

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