The song was written by Nahum Tate, who was England’s poet Laureate, and an Irish Nahum Tate.
He is best known for his adaptation of William Shakespeare's King
Shepherds Watched Their Flocks is the only Christmas hymn authorized to be sung by the Anglican church in the 18th Century.
The exact writing of the hymn is unknown but it first appeared in Tate and Nicholas Brady’s 1700 supplement to their New Version of the Psalms of David of
In the days of Jesus' birth, shepherds were often amongst the poorest in their community. Despite this, they were amongst the very first people invited to celebrate the
very first Christmas. It reminds us that no matter who we are we are all invited to come and meet Jesus.
‘I chose this as it is based on something I did with a couple of my infant classes,