Friday, December 12, 2008

Come Celebrate The Tradition of Blog Caroling

Perhaps one of the most famous and certainly one of the oldest songs which has survived through history is the "Ballad of Green Sleeves," to which reference is made in Shakespeare’s the "Merry Wives of Windsor."

This beautiful melody, believed to be of Irish origin, has served for various songs of widely different character in different periods of English history.

Originally a love song, today it serves in a modernized version as a Christmas carol, and is sung in churches on Christmas morning. Because of its beauty and its interesting history, it is one of my favorite Christmas Carols.

I Now Blog Carol – What Child Is This?

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What Child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard an:l angels sing;
Haste, haste to join His praise,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

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To bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come, peasant. King to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise the song on high,
The Virgin sings her lullaby:
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

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Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners, here,
The silent Word is pleading.
Raise, raise the song on high,
The Virgin sings her lullaby;
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

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Are you Blog Caroling? Please let me know in the comments.
A post listing the Carolers will be created.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


Beautiful song! Here's mine:

(We could be reindeers with our nicknames - LOL)

December 12, 2008 at 4:03 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

Thanks for the reminder - will do this (Mary, Did You Know) later today!

December 12, 2008 at 4:41 AM  
Blogger Sheri Fenley said...

My choice of song isn't quite as angelic as yours fM, but come on over and sing along with me anyway!

December 12, 2008 at 5:06 AM  
Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Great minds think alike I guess. I am singing this same carol at Apple's Tree.

December 12, 2008 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger TERRY SNYDER said...

I have my caroling post up at Desktop Genealogist!

December 12, 2008 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Becky Wiseman said...

Hi fM, Me and My Drum are Blog Caroling with y'all.

December 12, 2008 at 7:42 AM  
Blogger Janet Iles said...

We are singing Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella at Janet the Researcher

I am apt to sing it as Janette Isabella.

December 12, 2008 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger Taylorstales-Genealogy said...

Thank you for the invitation! I've posted my favorite too...The Little Drummer Boy!

December 12, 2008 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

Here's mine, Maven. I'll bring the hot chocolate, candy canes, and marshmallows!

December 12, 2008 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Randy Seaver said...

"Angels we have heard on high" is still my favorite --

December 12, 2008 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Jasia said...

I pre-posted my blog post w/ carol and it was published before I had a chance to amend it. I've done so now and it's posted at

Thanks for this great idea of blog caroling, fM!

December 12, 2008 at 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are caroling with the littlest member of the family at

December 12, 2008 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

fM - I'm done now. My post: At Least You Can't Hear Me! is up at my site.

I'll even wear my Christmas socks!

December 12, 2008 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Kathy Brady-Blake said...

Thanks for continuing the tradition. I am joining in at "Kathy's Genealogy Blog"

December 12, 2008 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

Thanks for this opportunity! At least I didn't need to submit an mp3 of me singing it!!

December 12, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger familytwigs said...

Hello fM!
I'm singing too.

December 12, 2008 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger Terry Thornton said...

Randy and I will be singing a duet on the refrain on this carol since it is both our favorite!

Thomas should be challenged to post a recording of his singing.

See my post at

December 12, 2008 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

So many songs, so hard to choose. I chose a unique take on an 80's social issue song that I think is sad and beautiful, and should carry beyond the season. It's posted at my Orations site at

December 12, 2008 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Sorry, the post link is:

December 12, 2008 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Jessica's thoughts said...


Here is my post for the blog carol:


December 12, 2008 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Becky Thompson said...

My caroling blog is on "Joy to the World" at GRACE AND GLORY. Go to

December 12, 2008 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Mine is here:

Two renditions of Schubert's Ave Maria.

December 12, 2008 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Our Future Rooted in Our Past said...

Here is my favorite Christmas carol.....O Come O Come Emmanuel.

December 12, 2008 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Our Future Rooted in Our Past said...

Here is my favorite Christmas Carol, O Come O Come Emmanuel.

December 12, 2008 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Schelly Talalay Dardashti said...

Hi, fM,

Tracing the Tribe has chimed in with a Chanukah songfest here.


December 13, 2008 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father's tenor rendition of "O Holy Night" is my favorite followed closely by the memories of "Silent Night" on Christmas 45 years ago. The story and the carols can be found at:

December 13, 2008 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Bill West said...

Hapy Holidays, ftM!

Mine's "Gaudete" as sung by the Irish group Anuna:


December 13, 2008 at 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Hanukkah 2008 !! (:

December 22, 2008 at 1:16 AM  

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