Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern by William Sandys


Christmas Carols, ancient and modern by William Sandys (1792–1874) was published in 1833, and sought to re-establish the seasonal song.

The 136-page introduction – in which Sandys relates the history of the festival, and laments that celebrating Christmas is ‘on the wane’ – is followed by 80 carols he had collected, some 15th to 17th century, others ‘still used in the west of England’, plus 12 pages of music with 18 tunes. The book saw the first appearance of many now-familiar carols, including 'God rest you merry, Gentlemen'; 'Hark, the herald angels sing'; 'I saw three ships'; and 'The first Noel'.

In 1852 Sandys published a similar carol collection, Christmas-tide, for a more popular market.

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Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern
1833, London
William Sandys
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