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All join in praise and loudly sing
This feisty little Christmas anthem was written by William Edwards (b. 1798) of Blackwater, a small village between Redruth and Truro in Cornwall. It was later the junction for the Great Western Railway's branch to Newquay via Perranporth. Mr. Edwards was a carpenter and the landlord one of the local hostelries. He was a Calvinistic Methodist, though his wife, Susan Passmore, who came from Newton Abbot in Devon, was a Baptist. Mr. Edwards was probably the Choir Director of the Blackwater Methodist Chapel, built in 1825. His son John Passmore Edwards (1823-1911) was a successful newspaper owner and a prominent philanthropist who donated a free libraries and cottage hospitals to several small towns in the West Country. He was for a time the Liberal Member of Parliament for Salisbury.

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Postcard view of Blackwater, Cornwall, around the time the railway opened in 1905
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