Cornish Christmas Carol, A
DESCRIPTION: "Come, let us go in a childish way WIth our voices praising Christ today. To him just born, in the manger lay, We will raise our thanks to him for aye. Priase and honor be to Thee, Thou God's child from heavn' above, Halleluia (x3) we sing of love."
EARLIEST DATE: 1946 (Peters-FolkSongsOutOfWisconsin)
KEYWORDS: religious Jesus Christmas
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peters-FolkSongsOutOfWisconsin, p. 66, "A Cornish Christmas Carol" (1 short text, 1 tune)
NOTES [123 words]: The version in Peters-FolkSongsOutOfWisconsin, which seems to be the only collection from tradition, gives no indication of why this is called a Cornish carol -- except for the word "Hallelujah," which is assimilated Hebrew, every word is in English, and there are no references to Cornwall. Informant John Persons apparently came from Cornwall, but there is nothing explicitly Cornish about his song. Since the song was collected in Wisconsin, I'm tempted to say that, in this case, "Cornish" should be understood at "place where they grow a lot of corn."
The reference to going "in a childish way" is probably an allusion to Matthew 18:3 and parallels, where listeners are told that they must become like little children to be saved. - RBW
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