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Christmas Collection, The
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Christmas Collection, The

Written By : Various
Narrator : Full Cast Production
Published By : Select Music & Distribution
Length : 2 hours 30 minutes
Type : Poetry
Classic Literature
Price : $11.99
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Christmas brings out the best and the worst in us, as can be seen in this evocative anthology. Among what Thomas Love Peacock calls the 'many poetical charms in the heraldings of Christmas' there are eulogies by saints and diatribes from curmudgeons. Here, Christmas is expounded by divines, sung by rustics, deplored by philosophers, made mystical in stories and summed up in a line by the poet Elizabeth Jennings: 'The hush, the star, the baby, people being kind again'.

This collection includes complete versions of such old favourites as 'The Little Match Girl', 'The Night Before Christmas', 'Ring out Wild Bells' and 'Christmas Day in the Workhouse'. But there are also discoveries: a sermon by Lancelot Andrewes, an account of Christmas under the Puritans, a first, poverty-stricken Christmas in turn of the century New York and a Mummer's Play. Adding the final touch is the music: from traditional Christmas carols and Corelli to Benjamin Britten. On this recording, Christmas past brings alive Christmas present.

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