St. Leornard's Church, Bretforton, Worcestershire, where the Rev. W. H. Shawcross was Vicar at the time he published the Old Castleton Carols
This carol was collected from a Mr. James Hall of Castleton, Derbyshire, by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1908. The text is found in W.B. Shawcross' A Garland of the Old Castleton Christmas Carols (1904). The carol also appears to have been known in Norfolk. It would be suitable for Candlemas as well as Christmas.