Christmas Carols, Ancient And Modern

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Birmingham (and perhaps elsewhere) in a small cheap form, containing several carols; such as, " The Christian's Sacred Lyre, or a choice Assort­ment of Original and Select Carols for Christmas," by Bloomer, of Birmingham.
In 1822 Mr. D. Gilbert published twelve favourite western carols, which were followed by a second edition in 1823, containing twenty, with a few old ballads, &c. There have been various collections of Welsh carols; among the Myvyrian MSS. be­longing to the Cymmrodorion, are several; No. XIV. written about the year 1640, contains thirty-two, and No. XV. of about the same date, has two. Hone, (On Mysteries, &c. p. 103,) mentions two printed collections. " Lffyr Carolan, or the Book of Carols," (Shrewsbury, 4th edit. 1740, 12mo.) containing sixty-six for Christmas, and five Summer carols; " Blodeugerdd Cymrii, or the Anthology of Wales," (Shrewsbury, 1779, 8vo.) containing forty-eight Christmas carols, nine Summer carols, three May carols, one Winter carol, one nightingale carol, and a carol to Cupid." I wish I was enabled to lay before my female readers a translation of this " Carol to Cupid."
The practice of singing carols at Christmas on the Continent has been preserved to recent times. C.alabrian peasants pour forth their minstrelsy be­fore the images of the Virgin Mother, and thus pay their homage. Crysostom, the unfortunate youth in " Don Quixote," who was probably intended to have been the Coryphaeus of his village, according to the goatherd's narrative, " was such a great man at composing couplets, that he made carols for Christmas-eve, and plays for the Lord's-day, which were represented by the young men in our village; and every body said that they were tip-top."

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