While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks – as re-written by a newspaper editor

11 December 2015, 11:18

Christmas carol edited

Sub-editors are the pedants of the newspaper world – it’s their job to correct grammar, check facts and flag up legal issues. But it seems like this famous carol never reached their desk. That has now been corrected.

‘While Shepherd Watched Their Flocks’ may be one of the most famous Christmas carols ever written but it seems that, due to some oversight, no one put the text of the carol in front of a sub-editor before it became a festive favourite.

But newspaper editors aren’t the sort of people to let a little thing like hundreds of years of tradition put them off.

One enterprising sub has marked their edits – and come up with a new version. It turns out there were all KINDS of issues with the original:



We’re not sure it’ll catch on…

Is this your favourite Christmas carol? Vote now in our annual poll and you could win a Fortnum & Mason hamper and a digital radio

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

game of thrones musical notation

Musical terminology, illustrated by Game of Thrones

Don Ellis time signature asset

If you can work out the time signature of this piece you’re officially a musical genius

Bad Beethoven t-shirt reviews

Music geeks are reviewing this incorrect Beethoven t-shirt and it’s hilarious