Festive Songs Principally of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
London: Percy Society, 1848
The 40+ page Introduction to Festive Songs deals with the topic of the various alcoholic beverages available in England in the mid-1800s and earlier. It does not mention Christmas hymns or carols, and for this reason we have not taken the time to retype it. Copies of this volume can be found at Google Books and the Internet Archive.
Christmas season carols in this collection include:
Seignors Ore Entendez └ Nus, pp. 6-7.
Lordings, From A Distant Home, pp. 7-8.
Bryne Us In No Browne Bred, pp. 16-17.
A bonne! God wote!, p. 18.
Wassail, Wassail, Out of the Milk Pail, pp. 19-20.
A Jolly Wassel-Bowl, p. 85.
Wassail, Wassail, All Over The Town, pp. 100-103.
Editor's Note: Wright was the editor of numerous collections during his life, among them:
Songs and Carols Printed From A Manuscript in the Sloane Collection in the British Museum (London: William Pickering, 1836). Twenty songs and carols from Sloane MS 2593.
Specimens of Old Christmas Carols Selected from Manuscripts and Printed Books (London: The Percy Society, 1841).
ReliquiŠ AntiquŠ. Two Volumes. (London: John Russell Smith, 1845). With co-editor James Orchard Halliwell.
Songs and Carols Now First Printed From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847). From MS. Eng. poet. e. 1 now in the Bodleian Library; believed to have been owned by 15th Century Minstrel.
Festive Songs Principally of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (London: Printed for the Percy Society by Richards, 1848).
Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (The Warton Club, 1856). Songs and carols from Sloane MS 2593. Believed to have been owned by 15th Century Minstrel.
Songs and Ballads, With Other Short Poems, Chiefly of the Reign of Philip and Mary (London: J. B. Nichols, 1860). Composed of 77 songs and ballads in 212 pages. For the Roxburghe Club, from a 16th Century Manuscript by Richard Sheale in the Library of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, MS. Ashm. No. 48. The reign of Queen Mary was from 1553-1558; she was succeeded by her half-sister, Queen Elizabeth I.
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