John Speller's Web Pages Be merry all, be merry all -- Carol for the poor (Ditchling Carol)

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Be merry all, be merry all -- Carol for the poor (Ditchling Carol)
William Andrews found this carol in a nineteenth-century broadsheet, published by E. Keys of Devonport, and commented in A Wreath of Christmas Carols that it displayed "evidence of literary culture." He was indeed right, for it turns out to have been the work of William Robert Spencer (1769-1834), grandson of the 3rd. Duke of Marlborough. The tune was written in Ditchling, Sussex, by Peter Parsons (1835-1901), the village cobbler and Director of the Ditchling Glee Club.

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William Robert Spencer (1769-1834)
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