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As shepherds in Jewry were guarding their sheep
A charming eighteenth-century American Christmas carol from William Billings's The Psalm-Singer's Amusement (1781). It has to be said, though, that the text is one of the worst pieces of doggerel I have ever seen.

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Title page of William Billings's The Psalm-Singer's Amusement (1781)
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