John Speller's Web Pages Awake with Joyful Strains of Mirth

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Awake with Joyful Strains of Mirth
The text of this carol is found in an eighteenth-century broadside in the Firth Collection in the Bodleian Library [Bodleian Library Firth b.26(538).] It was sung to this tune in the Redruth neighbourhood of Cornwall in the nineteenth century. With the decline of the tin industry many of the Cornish tin miners emigrated to work in the mines of the Copper Triangle of South Australia, and this carol was also popular there.

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Women workers ("bal maidens") in traditional protective clothing, dressing copper ore in a Cornish mine
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