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Thread #158777   Message #3759048
Posted By: Airymouse
17-Dec-15 - 09:31 AM
Thread Name: Disappearing Carols
Subject: RE: Disappearing Carols
As usual I wander OFF TOPIC. Gresham's Law, which was first stated by Regiomantus (1436-1476), states that bad coin drives out good coin from circulation. This law is usually thought of as a law of economics, but it works for Christmas music too. With the possible exception of "Good King Wenceslas," which pushed out "Spring has now unwrapped her flowers," there is no point in listing the bad Christmas songs. Here are a few of the good songs that got driven out of circulation at least in the states:
There are angels hovering round
Wind through the olive trees
The holly bears a berry
Christ was born in Bethlehem
Brightest and best of the suns of the morning
I saw three ships come sailin' in
The Cradle hymn (Isaac Watts), with careful editing to avoid among other things an ugly antisemetic verse
Lo how a rose ere blooming