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John Speller's Web Pages - English Christmas Carols

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There are many "orphan" carol texts from the later middle ages, for which the original melody is unknown, and of which this early fifteenth-century carol is a good example. I have supplied a tune which may be freely used. With its motif of Christ's suffering, it might be suitable for "Blue Christmas" services.

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A medieval image of the Blessed Virgin Mary knitting. There was a strong shift in the twelfth century toward more "Homely" images of the Virgin.
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