English Folk-Carols

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English Folk-Carols
by Cecil James Sharp
The Titlepage, Preface and Contents of Cecil Sharp's English Folk-Carols of 1911.[1]

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. His book also contains the carol tunes with piano accompaniment, not reproduced here at present. His notes on the origins of the carols have been added underneath his reprinting of the carol texts.

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.