Friday, December 02, 2011

Christmas Carol Spotlight: Sussex Carol

I have a huge softspot for old, deeply religious Christmas Carols.  The first one I want to make sure you know about is the Sussex Carol.  (Sometimes called by it's first line, "On Christmas Night, All Christians Sing" or alternately, "On Christmas Night, True Christians Sing.")  It's lyrics were first published by an Irish Bishop in 1684.  The combination of the lyrics with the tune they are most often sung with was discovered/recorded in 1919, and it's one of the first Carols that spring to mind when most people picture Dickensian or Victorian Carolers.
My very favorite version is here , but there are lots out there:

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