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Advent Calendar - St Day Carol
Some of the things I have been posting here in the Advent Calendar have been planned in advance, others have been serendipity (or sheer desperation).
This is a little of both. On my list I had "14 December - Sunday - a nice Carol"
What I didn't have was which Carol. The Classic FM played this, the Cornish St Day Carol (in some versions the San Day Carol) sung by the Exeter Cathedral Choir. They remarked that this was a Devon choir singing a carol from the next county, Cornwall.
St Day is a mining village near Redruth. The village is named for the Breton saint St Dei.
I couldn't find a version of the Exeter choir on line so this version is from the Strathroy Chorale of Canada when they performed on Canadian TV last month. And if you click here there is a brief sound clip of some Cornish school choirs, which is also lovely.
I think it qualifies as a nice carol and I hope you agree.
And Mary bore Jesus Christ, our Saviour for to be,
And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly! Or in Cornish
Ha Mam o an Maghteth, Marya Mam Dew,
Ha gwedhen an gwella, an gelynen yu Kelyn, Kelyn,
Ha gwedhen an gwella an gelynen yu.