The Boar’s Head Carol: Magpie Lane

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2 Comments on “The Boar’s Head Carol: Magpie Lane”

  1. msrk anderson Says:

    Always liked this one, Kat. Performance date for it should be on December 26th according to some sources. Meantime, here are a some good ones:
    for the original English scansion, go here:

  2. katry Says:

    I also really like this song. I didn’t know about December 26th so I did some hunting. I read about its Norse history and how it became related to St. Stephen whose feast day is the 26th.

    Maddy Prior has the perfect voice for this with her Steeleye Span history and her time with the Carnival band. Both have such a unique sound.

    I actually translated some of the original. I guess that four years of Latin don’t just disappear but stay in the cobwebs of the mind.


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