English Folk-Carols

English Folk-Carols  (1911) 
by Cecil James Sharp

Cecil Sharp is widely considered the father of the first English folk-song revival, and in the early part of the 20th century travelled through England collecting examples of English folk music which he feared would soon be lost. His 1911 publication English Folk-Carols collects together 21 carols once performed in Southern England at Christmas and New Year, many of them unique survivals. Many of the texts in the collection are region-specific variations of now, or once-popular, carols which, through wider dissemination in books, were in danger of becoming standardised.


ENGLISH
FOLK-CAROLS

WITH PIANOFORTE ACCOMPANIMENT
AND AN INTRODUCTION
AND NOTES


COLLECTED IN VARIOUS PARTS OF ENGLAND
BY
CECIL J. SHARP



London:
NOVELLO & CO., LTD. SIMPKIN & CO., LTD.
TAUNTON : BARNICOTT AND PEARCE, THE WESSEX PRESS
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CONTENTS.

PAGE

Preface
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ix
Introduction
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xi
I
King Herod and the Cock (Worcestershire)
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2
II
The Bitter Withy (Gloucestershire)
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5
III
The Cherry Tree, First Version (Gloucestershire)
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7
IV
The Cherry Tree, Second Version (Gloucestershire)
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9
V
The Moon shines Bright (Warwickshire)
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11
VI
God Bless you Merry Gentlemen (Cambridgeshire)
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13
VII
The Holly and the Ivy (Gloucestershire)
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17
VIII
The Sinner's Redemption (Warwickshire)
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19
IX
Come all you true good Christians (Gloucestershire)
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22
X
On Christmas Night (Gloucestershire)
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24
XI
Come all you worthy Gentlemen (Somerset)
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26
XII
As I sat on a Sunny Bank, First Version (Gloucestershire)
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28
XIII
As I sat on a Sunny Bank, Second Version (Worcestershire)
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30
XIV
The Ten Joys of Mary (Somerset)
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33
XV
The Virgin Unspotted (Gloucestershire)
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36
XVI
Sons of Levi (Kent)
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38
XVII
The Little Room
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41
XVIII
The Truth sent from above
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46
XIX
The Twelve Apostles
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48
XX
New Year's Carol
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51
XXI
Wassail Song
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55
Notes on the Songs
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59


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927.


The author died in 1924, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 95 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.