Sans Day Carol
The "Sans Day Carol" or "St. Day Carol" is one of the many Cornish Christmas carols written in the 19th century. This carol and its melody were first transcribed from the singing of Thomas Beard, a villager in St Day in the parish of Gwennap, Cornwall. The fourth verse is a translation from the Cornish version, "Ma gron war'n gelln". The lyrics are similar to those of "The Holly and the Ivy" and it is no. 35 in the Oxford Book of Carols.
The words of the carol are as follows:
1. Now the holly bears a berry as white as the milk,
And Mary bore Jesus, who was wrapped up in silk:
Chorus: And Mary bore Jesus Christ our Saviour for to be,
And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly.
And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly!
2. Now the holly bears a berry as green as the grass,
And Mary bore Jesus, who died on the cross:
3. Now the holly bears a berry as black as the coal,
And Mary bore Jesus, who died for us all:
4. Now the holly bears a berry, as blood is it red,
Then trust we our Saviour, who rose from the dead:
- 1965 - The Watersons - Frost and Fire: A Calendar of Ceremonial Folk Songs
- 1976 - Philip Ledger and the King's College Choir - Carols for Christmas Eve
- 1991 - The Chieftains - The Bells of Dublin
- 1993 - John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers - Christmas Day in the Morning
- 1998 - David Hill and the Choir of Winchester Cathedral - O Come Let Us Adore Him: Christmas Carols from Winchester Cathedral
- 1996 - Sue White - Best of Cornish Folksongs, Vols I & II
- 2004 - Cherish the Ladies - On Christmas Night
- 2006 - Maddy Prior - An Evening of Carols and Capers
- 2007 - Chris Squire - Chris Squire's Swiss Choir
- 2008 - Nidarosdomens Guttekor(Nidaros Cathedral Boys' Choir) - I Wish
- 2009 - Belshazzar's Feast (Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson)- "Frost Bites"
- 2011 - Sandy Denny, Patsy and Alex Campbell - 19 Rupert St (recorded 1967)
- 2011 - Kate Rusby - While Mortals Sleep
- Dearmer, Percy (ed.) (1928) The Oxford Book of Carols. Oxford U. P.; pp. 74-75
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