By Request, ‘The Coventry Carol’

As the carol contest winds down–where is everybody this morning?–we still have plenty of carols to play for you.

Requested by “Thewhiterabbit”: The Coventry Carol comes down to us from 16th-century England. Sung by the Columbine Chorale, this original melody was first published in 1591, although it does go back some years farther than that. The lyrics are in the form of a lullaby for the children who would be killed by Herod in Matthew Chapter 2.

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