English Folk-Carols/The truth sent from above
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|Ralph Vaughan Williams also collected a version, The Herefordshire Carol, which only included verses 1 to 5.English folk carol of unknown authorship usually performed at Christmas. Collected in the early part of the 20th century by English folk song collectors in Shropshire and Herefordshire, a number of variations on the tune exist, but the text remains broadly similar.|
1. This is the truth sent from above,
Cecil Sharp's note
This carol was sung to me by the two singers in unison, Mr. Vandrell refreshing his memory by referring to a small book of carols, printed locally, from which the words in the text have been transcribed. I have, however, omitted seven stanzas between the eighth and the last. "The Truth" is printed in A Good Christmas Box, and is included in Hone's list.
A version of this carol to a different tune and with four stanzas only of the words, noted by Dr. Vaughan Williams at King's Pyon, is printed in The Folk-Song Society's Journal (IV, p. 17). For a variant of the tune see "There is a Fountain" in the same publication (IV, p. 21).
- Ibid., p.66
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.