John Speller's Web Pages While Shepherds Watched (Cornish / South Australian Version)

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While Shepherds Watched (Cornish / South Australian Version)
The tune "Lyngham", written by Thomas Jarman of Clipstone, Northamptonshire, was associated in most of England with the hymn "O for a thousand tongues to sing!", but in Cornwall was sung with "While shepherds watched their flocks by night." With the decline of the tin industry many of the Cornish tin miners emigrated to work in the mines of the Copper Triangle of South Australia, and this carol was also popular there.

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Copper mine at Yudnamutana, South Australia, ca. 1900. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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