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A Christmas carol somewhat out of the Revivalist tradition. I have been unable to find any information about Helen E. Hollywell, the author of the text. The composer of the music, however, William Henry Pontius (1860-1937) organist and teacher of Dubuque, Iowa, was the teacher of George D. Newell, the Cincinnati music publisher, who published this carol in 1884.

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Shepherds' Field near Bethlehem, a sketch by Elizabeth Anne Finn, 1873
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