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Many of our most popular Christmas carols were written by that great composer Anonymous (who also wrote under his nickname, Anon). He also penned such favourite tunes as Greensleeves, God Save the Queen and Scarborough Fair - but it’s his Christmas hits that concern us here.
The Coventry Carol has its origins in a 16th century nativity play. They play was called The Pageant of the Shearmen and the Tailors, which even Shakespeare himself may have watched. Its haunting tune first appeared in 1591 but the words came from one Robert Croo, some 57 years before.
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