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Let Christians All with One Accord Rejoice
The well-known carol for the Feast of the Holy Innocents, "The Black Decree," begins with the words, "Let Christians all with one accord rejoice". The carol has a total of twenty-two stanzas, of which several are on my website under "Holy Innocents." The Cornish version of the carol was published in Penzance in 1870 by F. Rodda in A Selection of Carols, Pieces and Anthems, suitable for Christmas. This Cornish version comprises verses 1, 3 and 7 of "The Black Decree," removing all reference to Herod and the Massacre of the Innocents, and creating a purely Christmas carol. To the usual words of these three stanzas, however, are added a chorus that seems to have been sung in Cornwall but is otherwise unattested.

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The Wise Men entering Jerusalem from Hurlbut's Life of Christ (1915)
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