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The Wexford Carol

The Wexford Carol is a traditional religious Irish Catholic carol originating from County Wexford and specifically, from Enniscorthy, and dating to the 12th century. The subject of the song is that of the nativity of Jesus Christ. It is one of the oldest extant Christmas carols in the European tradition. Traditions abound concerning the song. The song achieved a new popularity because of the work of William Grattan Ford (1859 - 1928), who was organist and musical director at St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy. He transcribed the carol from a local singer, and had it published in the Oxford Book of Carols. The song is sometimes known by its first line, "Good people all this Christmas time."

Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdnrHE6FP5w&feature=related

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