English Folk-Carols/Come all you worthy gentlemen
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|Cecil Sharp by a Mr. Rapsey of Bridgwater (and is hence known as the Somerset Carol)an English folk carol of unknown authorship usually performed at Christmas. Collected in the early part of the 20th century in Somerset, it was performed to|
Cecil Sharp's note
This carol has been already printed in Folk-Songs from Somerset (No. 126). The only alteration that has been made in Mr. Rapsey's words is the substitution of the word "pray" for "say" in the penultimate lines of the first two stanzas. Mr. Rapsey told me that the carol was taught to him by his mother and that, in company with other children, he used to sing it in the streets of Bridgwater at Christmas time. I do not know of another printed version of the carol.
- Ibid., p. 63
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.