pansyface said:They selected a measly 273 hymns, selected by themselves as fit to be sung in church. They bound them together into the book known as Hymns Ancient and Modern, the book that is still to be found in Anglican churches today, give or take the odd hymn.
The Sheffield carols were often named after the writer’s or the composer’s home. One such carol is Spout Cottage, written in the 1860s.Spout Cottage was in the grounds of Spout House, a once-grand 16th century manor house. In the grounds of the house was a spring, a spout, and the house was licensed for baptisms. Local children were dipped into the spring, which must have been quite an ordeal in winter.Spout House is now derelict, Spout Cottage gone, but Spout Lane still exists. It is in the Sheffield suburb of Stannington, which in the 1860s would have been quite an isolated and windswept village.Here are the singers of the nearby village of Dungworth giving it their best shot.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TdQtvhKVlc0As with many of these carols, written by ordinary people, the vocabulary is local to the area: “While” is used in Sheffield instead of “until”. As a result, it didn’t make it into Hymns Ancient and Modern.