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Christmas Eve is drawing nigh
This curious carol was one of a number collected by Alice Elizabeth Gillington (1863-1934), a clergyman's daughter and student of gypsy culture who herself spent the last quarter century of her life as a gypsy. There seems an element in this carol of the poor condemning the rich for their ostentatious ways. There is also a Worcestershire gipsy version of this carol.

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"A Clearing in the New Forest" from The Illustrated London News, 4 May 1871
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