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The text of this carol is first found in the Sunday School Hymnal, compiled by a Presbyter of the Diocese of Michigan (New York, 1866). The "Presbyter of the Diocese of Michigan," was the Rt. Rev. William Edmond Armitage, DD (1830-1873), who was Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Detroit and later Bishop of Wisconsin.The author of this carol, Sarah Elizabeth Williams Holcombe (1834-1899), was married to the Rev. Theodore Isaac Holcombe, B.D. (1832-1906)), Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Evansville, Indiana. The tune may be found in Choral Praise: Songs and Anthems for Sunday Schools and Choral Societies, ed. Julius Henry Waterhouse (Boston, 1871).

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