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THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA, conducted by Capt.


Unknown: W. A. Featherstoxe


THE Poem which Alec Rowley (a London
Organist, born 1892) has here set, is one by Frances Chesterton.
The singer asks, ' How far is it to Bethlehem ?
-may wo enter the stable and stroke the beasts that are there, and touch the tiny hands of Jesus without rousing Him from His slumbers ? We have no kingly presents for Him, but only little smiles and little tears.'


Unknown: Alec Rowley
Unknown: Frances Chesterton.


Selections from her Repertoire


FREDERIC LAKE and Orchestra
Christmas Carols:
God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen The Mistletoe Bough Good King Wenceslas
THE true Carol is really a folk song based on the stories of the Gospels, or on some old
Christian legend. Carols were associated with the Church festivals of Christmas, the Epiphany, Easter and Ascensiontide. Both words and music are generally very simple, and above all, are always truly festal; in fact, it is said that most Carols were sung by the people dancing their way to Church !
These three Christmas Carols are all traditional and true to type, though God Rest You Merry obviously owes its origin to the later (but yet very old) custom of carol-singing on Christmas Eve. The tune of Good King Wenceslas is really that of an old Spring Carol , probably of the thirteenth century, which was printed in Sweden in 1582. The popular English words are not a translation of the original Latin words, but were written by Dr. Neale, the famous nineteenth-century authority on old hymns.


Unknown: Spring Carol

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