John Speller's Web Pages od rest you merry, gentlemen

John Speller's Web Pages - Gipsy and Tinkers' Carols
God rest you merry, gentlemen (New Forest Gipsy Version))
This 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. This is a most interesting carol that at first sight might seem to be a conflation of the well-known carols, "od rest you merry, gentlemen" and "Come All You Worthy Gentlemen," but perhaps attests to an earlier period when they were the same carol.

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Caravan of the type in which Alice Gillington lived the life of a gypsy between 1911 and 1934. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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