Thursday, 15 December 2016

A poem for the 9th day before Christmas

This one is known as a much loved carol but the poet Christina Rossetti wrote it as a poem in response to a request for a Christmas poem. It was published posthumously in Rosetti's Poetic Works and became a carol after it appeared in 1906. It has two well-known settings but I think I prefer the Harold Darke version (2nd video below).

King's College choir singing Gustav Holst's version

Harold Darke's version

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