Christmas Carols, Ancient And Modern

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to supersede the popular ballad, and may therefore, like them, have contained carols for the use of the people at Christmas, and other times when they were accustomed to sing them; as it appears that formerly they were not confined to Christmas, but that some were adapted for Easter, Whitsuntide, and other great festivals.
In the broadside lists of cheap books, ballads, &c. published from 100 to 150 years since, specimens of which may be seen in Bagford's collections in the British Museum, and in the lists of books at­tached to several of such small publications, the names of well-known carols occur, as, " When Jesus Christ was twelve years old"—" Joseph an aged man truly"—" Jury came to Jerusalem"—" Angel Gabriel"—" Christus natus est," &c. In a list also of Small Merry Books, sold by William Thackery, at the Angel in Duck Lane, is one intitled " Car-rols."
Hone, who gives some interesting particulars re­lating to carol-singing,* mentions one in his numer­ous collection with this curious title, " A Christ-mas Carol on Peko- Tea : or, a Sacred Carol, which like tea that is perfectly good and fine, will be most grateful and useful all the year round, from Christ-mass to Christmass for ever. Humbly addressed to Queen Caroline, and the Princess Carolina, and all the Royal Family. By Francis Hoffman. Lon­don, 1729," 8vo. pp. 16.
In the present day, numerous single-sheet carols are printed in different parts of the kingdom, and in the metropolis as before mentioned; and in some very few instances, the tune is printed with them. There are some collections occasionally printed at
* Hone, on Mysteries, &c.; and see also his Every Day Book, Year Book, and Table Book, for much information on Christmas customs.

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