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While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night
The Christmas hymn, "While shepherds watched their flocks by night first appeared in the Supplement of 1700 to Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady's New Version of the Psalms (1696). This fuguing tune was written by Thomas Cook, who owned a boot and shoe store in Canterbury, in 1805. It has since the 1880s become more popular in the guise of the folksong, "On Ilkley Moor baht 'at."

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