The Carols Collection


IT’S been a lot of fun putting together these carols day by day, and the readers and I have been down some interesting byways, such as the debate about the Beach Boys and revisiting the oeuvre of Pan’s People.

My favourite is the one I saved for last, Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar. My second favourite is the Coventry Carol, which was not on my original list but was recommended by a reader. The joy of the Messiah’s birth is overshadowed by the Massacre of the Innocents, but the intertwined wartime devastation of Coventry and its renaissance reinforces my hopeful belief in the triumph of good over evil.

Here is the whole collection in the order in which they appeared.

Once in Royal David’s City 
Silent Night 
Away in a Manger 
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 
In the Bleak Mid-winter
Joy to the world 
Good King Wenceslas 
The Coventry Carol 
O Little Town of Bethlehem 
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen 
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 
I Saw Three Ships 
We Three Kings of Orient Are 
O Come All Ye Faithful 
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night 
As with Gladness Men of Old 
The Holly and the Ivy/Sans Day Carol 
In Dulci Jubilo 
See Amid the Winter’s Snow 
O Holy Night 
Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending
Three Kings from Persian Lands Afar

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