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As shepherds watched their fleecy care
The tune, and possibly also the text, of this Christmas carol was written by Joseph Key (d. 1784), an excise officer and amateur musician of Warwick and Nuneaton. It was published by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Key of Nuneaton, in Five Anthems, Four Collects, Twenty Psalm Tunes (London, 1785). It was also taken down in a slightly simplified form from William Walton of Adderbury, Oxfordshire, by Janet Blunt on 1 November 1916.

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St. Mary's Church, Adderbury, Oxon. Engraving by J. Skelton, 1824
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