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The World's Greatest Music
Did you know about the gender politics of 'The Holly and the Ivy' - or the mouse who gave us 'Silent Night'? Anne Marie-Minhall takes a look at some of the amazing stories behind our best-loved Christmas carols.
One of the most enduring carols was written by an Irish poet and Bishop’s wife called Cecil Alexander. In 1848, it was included in the collection, Hymns for Little Children. This carol is used for the Processional that traditionally begins the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve at King’s College, Cambridge. Cecil Alexander also gave us the words to All Things Bright and Beautiful.
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