Dr. Philip Payton, Cornish Bard and author of "The Cornish Miner in Australia" has re-discovered a nineteenth-century collection of Cornish Carols which was published in the South Australian copper-mining town of Moonta in 1893.
In this book he presents the collection to the modern reader, with an especially written introduction which sets the Carols in their historical context as part of both the Cornish musical tradition and Cornwall's "Great Migration".
"Cornish Carols from Australia" is an important contribution to the study of traditional Cornish music, and illuminates yet another significant aspect of the impact of Cornwall's nineteenth-century emigrants overseas.
Arise and Hail the Happy Day
Awake with joyful strains of mirth
Awake, Arise, Rejoice and Sing
Behold a Lucid Light appears
Bright and Joyful
Clam on the listening Ear of Night
Hail, ever hail, the auspicious morn
Hark! Hark! What news the Angels bring
Hark! What means those holy voices?
High let it swell
Joy to the World, the Lord is come
Let all adore Immortal King
Mortals awake, why slumber so?
See seraphic throngs descending
Sound, sound your instruments of Joy
The King of Glory
The New-born King
The Prince of Life
The Promised Child
What heav'nly music's this I hear?
What medley is this I hear?
While Shepherds watched their flocks by night