Songs of the Season – Clamavi De Profundis – The Coventry Carol

I think I learned less than a week ago that the Coventry Carol not a Christmas Carol, per so, but is about the slaughter of the Jewish boys after Herod realized that the Wise Men were not going to return to him. I know the tune from Mannheim Steamroller’s beautiful version, but I share today a version with the lyrics since today is the day that the Orthodox Church commemorates the “Holy Innocents“. (They were commemorated yesterday by the Catholic Church.)

In addition to the “Carol of the Bells” playlist, I’ve started a general playlist of Christmas songs that will include pieces mentioned here, for anyone interested.

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2 thoughts on “Songs of the Season – Clamavi De Profundis – The Coventry Carol

    1. The British have a whole lot of very “unique” Christmas carols, and many of them are very, very old. However, if you consider that the carols were undoubtedly a method of remembering the Bible stories and such, it doesn’t seem as odd. One of my great-grandmothers was born in 1896 and died in 1989. I’m not sure if she ever left the state of Iowa, but man, was she smart! Yes, she was a schoolteacher at one point, but while education may have been more “simple” back in the day, there was also an expectation of mastery of the subject, which is how so many men with 8th grade educations built so much of the infrastructure of this country.

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