Hunting the Wren & Fox Went Out

Deborah Sweet dssweet at okway.okstate.edu
Wed Sep 13 08:00:26 PDT 1995


*Bright*Day*Star:*Music*for*the*Yuletide*Season by the Baltimore Consort 
has 20 tracks total. 3 are pre-1600, 9 are 1600-1651, and the rest are 
later than that.

The Wren Song: text and music Irish traditional. The booklet says that 
John Langstaff learned it from oral tradition in Ireland and then 
published it in his _Christmas_Revels_Songbook_, 1985.

The first verse goes:

The wren, the wren the king of all birds,
St. Stephens Day was caught in the forest;
Although he was little, his honour was great,
Jump up, me lads, and give us a treat.

And I mis-remembered on which CD the Fox Went Out is on. It's not on 
this one, but it's on *The*Daemon*Lover*.

Estrill Swet
Dancemonger



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