English Folk-Carols

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ENGLISH

FOLK-CAROLS

WITH PIANOFORTE ACCOMPANIMENT

AND AN INTRODUCTION

AND NOTES


COLLECTED IN VARIOUS PARTS OF ENGLAND

BY

CECIL J. SHARP


\mathfrak{London}:

NOVELLO & CO., LTD. SIMPKIN & CO., LTD.


TAUNTON : BARNICOTT AND PEARCE, THE WESSEX PRESS

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CONTENTS.

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

PREFACE.


THE Editor wishes to thank, first of all, those singers, many of them of great age, who, in allowing him to note down their songs, have provided him with the material for this volume; their names are recorded in the Notes. And, secondly, he would thank the many kind friends who in various ways have aided him in his investigations, making special mention of Mrs. Stanton, Miss K. Sorby, Miss Eliza Wedgwood and Mr. Robin Hammond.

  1. Cecil J. Sharp, English Folk-Carols (London: Novello & Co., 1911), pp. 2-4.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.


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 80 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.