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Saint Stephen was a clerk
This fifteenth-century English carol incorporates a tradition that St. Stephen was steward in King Herod's court. By contrast, in the New Testament, Luke 8:8 suggests that Herod's steward was Chusa, the husband of the Apostle Joanna. The carol is set here to an old English folk tune.

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"The Martyrdom of Saint Stephen," by Prosper Guéranger (1805-1875)
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