Page Scans. View Page. Ancient and Modern Common Praise Hymnal Hymns for a Pilgrim People The song survived a fire in Birmingham Library in by luck. Performed as part of the mystery plays, the 'Coventry Carol' is from the Pageant of the Shearman and Taylors and tells the story of the Slaughter of The Innocents. A copy of the manuscript survived a fire in Birmingham Library in by sheer chance.
Musician Ian Pittaway describes seeing the play in the ruins of Coventry cathedral in the s - the drama was so powerful it still moves him to tears. The carol was sung on Christmas Day in in a live broadcast to the Empire just six weeks after the bombing of Coventry that destroyed the city's cathedral. Journalist Donna Marmestein tells of how the carol transformed how she felt about loss in her family; composer and performer Tori Amos describes what inspired her cover version of the song and Amy Hanson from the Small Steps Charity talks about how much her mother loved the carol.
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Jeaux D'enfants: Berceuse; La Poupee. Jeux D'enfants: Galop Le Bal. The Coventry Carol is a 16th-century English Christmas carol with a fascinating history — and rather disturbing lyrics, it turns out…. A 16th-century carol originating from Coventry, it was traditionally performed during Coventry Mystery Plays, which were Medieval plays telling New Testament Stories, including that of the Nativity. Performances of the Mystery Plays in Coventry continued for almost two hundred years before being suppressed in Concerning these mysteries, Dugdale relates:.
He begins:. The old ordinances for this solemnity require that the Guilds should be at their posts at five o'clock. But in this excerpt, we give the full word-picture created by Mr. This carol was a song from the Pageant of the Shearmen and Taylors, one of only two plays to have survived from the cycle of late medieval mystery plays in Coventry the other was the Weavers' Pageant.
The Pageant had roots to the 14 th century, and perhaps earlier, to morality plays that tradesmen mounted far the entertainment of their monarchs and town officials, making this one of the oldest of carols. The original copies of the plays were always kept in the possession of the town council for safe keeping.
When a copy was needed, the copyist went to the town council, but was charged a hefty fee for the privilege. Unfortunately, most of the plays from that era have been lost. In Coventry, only two have survived, and just barely. The manuscript was lost in a fire in , but, fortunately, beginning in , Coventry antiquarian Thomas Sharp, together with his friend George Nickson, gained access to numerous ancient documents held by the city of Coventry, and from them made numerous notes and copies.
Presumably, it was during this time, that Sharp and Nickson saw and copied the Croo manuscript. Sometime before , Sharp shared his research with Francis Douce, a fellow antiquarian, who in that year published the text to Carol 2 in his Illustrations of Shakespeare and Ancient Manners, Volume Two, pp. He wrote:. To add to the stock of our old lullaby songs, two are here subjoined.
The first is from a pageant of The slaughter of the innocents, acted at Coventry in the reign of Henry the Eighth, by the taylors and shearers of that city, and most obligingly communicated by Mr. The other is from the curious volume of songs mentioned before in vol. Both exhibit the simplicity of ancient manners. Lully, lulla, thou littell tine childe, By by lully lullay, thou littell tyne child, By by lully lullay!
This would be the first publication of one of the oldest carols that have come down to us. It is interesting, and almost unheard of, to have this song performed almost identically today as it was in the 16th century. Eric Routley describes it as "perhaps the simplest and most beautiful of all the 'Lullaby' carols. Right: Title page to the Dissertation. As recorded by Croo in , and republished by Sharp in , this touching lullaby begins:. In most settings, the text beginning "Lully, lulla" is treated as a verse.
The burden is often sung before the first verse, and then again after each of the verses. In , Douce published only the text of the three carols, but Croo's manuscript had been edited by Thomas Mawdycke in to include the music and some stage directions , which was published by Sharp in T here have been a number of reproductions of the play, or the carol, or both, over the years including:.
The Retrospective Review, and Historical and Antiquarian Magazine , , contained a review of the Dissertation and a copy of the carol. James Orchard Halliwell. London: Printed for the Shakespeare Society, Boston: The Athenaeum Press, Craig was a student of Manly and generally followed his edition, but noted that he had also closely consulted Sharp. William Marriott's edition of gave a copy of our Carol on pageThe Coventry Carol Lullay, thou little tiny Child, By-bye lully, lullay. Lullay, thou little tiny Child, By-bye lully, lullay. O sisters too, how may we do For to preserve this day, This poor Youngling for whom we sing By-bye lully, lullay. Herod the King, in his raging, Charged he hath this day; His men of .