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Dating back to the 16th century, this carol is named after Coventry, England and was performed as part of a play called “The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors.” The pageant may have roots dating back to the 14th century as part of morality plays that tradesmen performed for the entertainment of monarchs and town officials. The play illustrates the Christmas story found in chapter two of the Gospel of Mathew. The carol refers to the Massacre of the Innocents when Herod the King of Judea, also known as Herod the Great ordered the slaughter of all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem. These lyrics are the lamentations of the mothers embracing their babies and singing to them gently as a lullaby to “be still, be still, my little child,” just before the Roman soldiers knocked on their doors.

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from A Mandolin Christmas, released December 1, 2011

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