John Speller's Web Pages While shepherds watched (Ould Zaddok)

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While shepherds watched (Ould Zaddok)
A tune sung with the text, "While shepherds watched their flocks by night," in nineteenth-century West Cornwall. Although sung in Cornwall, the tune was actually American in origin, being derived from Jeremiah Ingalls' fuguing tune "New Jerusalem," first published in Vermont Harmony in 1796. It was published under the name of "Zadock" in 1811 in London in Walker’s Companion to Dr. Rippon’s Tune Book, from whence it seems to have made its way to Cornwall. It is apparently still sung in Padstow.

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"St. Michael's Mount," by J. M. W. Turner, engraved by J. Cousen, 1859
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