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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:49 PM

Coventry carol

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:04 PM

1. .

Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

O sisters, too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day this poor Youngling for whom we sing,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day his men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say for Thy parting, nor say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:26 PM

2. Beautiful and one of my favorite songs of the season.

Merry Christmas, s4p.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:32 PM

3. I would have waited until after the 25th to remember that tyranny, the massacre of innocents,

and the flight of refugees are all part of what the traditional Christmas narrative asks us to remember -- except, then, Sandy Hook:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sandy-hook-elementary-school-shooting-leaves-students-staff-dead/2012/12/14/24334570-461e-11e2-8e70-e1993528222d_story.html

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:42 PM

4. It's a very, very sad day and we should all seek solace where we can find it.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:54 PM

5. Such beautiful music, but it's too much for me today...

...I can only weep, thinking of the grieving families of those slaughtered children.

sorrowfully,
Bright

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 06:59 PM

6. ... "The Coventry Carol" was first commonly performed in Coventry, England in the 16th Century.

It is a hymn that was written to depict Mary's sorrow over the impending death of her (approximately) 2 year old son, Jesus as required by King Herod's edict that all infant boys in Bethlehem be put to death ... In fact, in the 16th century, it was performed as part of a play at the annual Shearmen and Tailors Guild annual Christmas pageant. That performance along with the fact that it is related to the Feast of the Holy Innocents (also called Childermas) which is celebrated on December 28, and that the song is about the infant Jesus are all contributors to "The Coventry Carol" becoming a standard Christmas carol.

There are several discrepancies about when "Lully, lullay" was first performed at the Shearman and Tailors Guild Annual Christmas Pageant ranging from 1392 to 1591. One source claims the first mention of the song was in 1392 in reference to the Drapers Guild and the Coventry Mystery Plays which were usually played on Corpus Christi Day. Others say that 1521 is the correct year of origin since it is the earliest known printed rendition of the song lyrics which appeared in the play performed at the Coventry pageant. Yet another source says that 1534 is the earliest appearance in the Coventry play and another claims it to be 1591. Other sources even claim it to be 15th century in origin. Whether it is 14th, 15th, 16th, or some combination of these, the song was well known and liked in its early period time as it is today.

In 1875, there was a library fire that destroyed the only completely legible ancient copy of "Lully, lullay". (4) All the versions we hear and play today are based on two early 19th transcriptions that were badly made and therefore not fully legible in musical score or lyrics ...


http://earlymusicnotes.blogspot.com/2010/12/coventry-carol-lully-lullay.html

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