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We Three Kings of Orient are

We Three Kings of Orient are

13th December 2019

‘We Three Kings of Orient are’ has always been a crowd-pleaser (and a magnet for children who enjoy changing the words). An American carol, it first appeared on p. 12 of John Henry Hopkins‘s Carols, Hymns, and Songs (New York, Church Book Depository, [1863]): ‘Hopkins was rector of Christ’s Church, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, when he published […]

In the bleak mid-winter

In the bleak mid-winter

5th December 2019

As today (5 December) is Christina Rossetti‘s birthday, we thought it apt to feature her in our Christmas carol countdown. ‘In the bleak mid-winter’ was based on the hauntingly beautiful poem by Rossetti, which was first published (without music) in the January 1872 issue of Scribner’s Monthly. Its first appearance with music was in 1906, […]

Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

4th December 2019

Who doesn’t love a rousing round of ‘Good King Wenceslas’? And who could forget Hugh Grant singing it in Love Actually? If you were thinking this carol was Victorian, you would be correct. While the tune itself dates from the fourteenth century (The New Oxford Book of Carols, p. 353), it wasn’t until the 1850s […]

‘The jewel at the heart of English comic literature’

‘The jewel at the heart of English comic literature’

26th November 2019

In our recent e-list, we featured what the great William Trevor once called ‘The jewel at the heart of English comic literature’, and one of our favourite recent acquisitions: George and Weedon Grossmith’s The Diary of a Nobody. This copy is the first edition in book form, first issue (with the final leaf of adverts […]