THIS MONTH’S PARODY (Dec 13) While Shepherds Watched


Nahum Tate

Tate (1652-1715) was born in Dublin. Apart from this carol, his most famous creation, Tate is remembered for his libretto for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and for the many ‘improved’ happy endings he provided for a number of Shakespeare’s tragedies. He also compiled a metrical version of the Psalms. Tate became Poet Laureate in 1692.

 While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
 All seated on the ground,
 The angel of the Lord came down,
 And glory shone around.
While shepherds washed their socks at night
All seated round the tub
A bar of Sunlight soap came down
And they began to scrub!”
While shepherds watched the box at night
All tuned to ITV
The angel of the Lord came down
And changed to BBC.



One Comment

  • Genet G Weber wrote:

    While shepherds washed their socks by night All watching MTV
    The Angel of the Lord came down
    and switched to BBC
    and switched to BBC

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