John Speller's Web Pages My Heart of Gold

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My Heart of Gold
"My heart of gold" or "My lady went to Canterbury" is an example of the genre of "nonsense carols." Perhaps Sir Benjamin Britten's setting of the New Year's carol, "Sing a song of maiden fair," is the best known example. "My heart of gold" was published in a collection of Christmas carols printed by Richard Kele in around 1550, but the allusions to St. Thomas of Canterbury suggest that it may be earlier in origin than the middle of the sixteenth century.

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Woodcut of Canterbury Pilgrims setting out from the Tabard Inn in Southwark
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