Ok, slightly out of season here, but just wondering if anyone knew anything about the origins of 'God rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' which hasn't been posted on wiki, such as any earlier collections or referances to the song.
Here is the wiki entry:
"Like so many early Christmas songs, this carol was written as a direct reaction to the music of the fifteenth century church," writes Ace Collins, in Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. It was the most popular of the early carols, sung for centuries before being published in Britain in 1833, when it appeared in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern, a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys, though its incipit was in William Hone's "List of Christmas carols now annually printed" in Ancient Mysteries Described, 1823. The author is unknown"
If there is already an origins page that i have somehow missed then would it be possible for someone to send me the link?