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Marke This Songe
Marke This Songe is a late medieval carol for Holy Innocents' Day. It is unusual in several ways, including the fact that Herod apparently spurns the advice of his scribes, there is no mention of Bethlehem or the Magi, and Herod's own son is among the Innocents massacred, a massacre which apparently took place throughout Judaea.

The original tune appears to have been lost, and the text is set here to a tune by James Turle, noteworthy as the longest serving organist ever of Westminster Abbey and the composer of the most Anglican chants

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"The Slaughter of the Innocents" by Duccio di Buoninsegna (c. 1255-c.1319)
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