Candlemas Eve Carol

from by Valentine Wolfe

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Down with the rosemary and bays
Down with the mistletoe
Instead of holly now up-raise
The greener box for show

Thus times and seasons oft do shift
Each thing his turn doth hold
New thoughts and things now do succeed
As former things grow old

The holly hitherto did sway
Let box now domineer
Until the dancing Easter day
Or Easter’s Eve appear

Then youthful box which now hath grace
Your houses to renew
Grown old, surrender must his place
Unto the crisped yew

When yew is out, the birch comes in
And many flowers beside
Both of a fresh and fragrant kin
To honor Whitsuntide

Green rushes then and sweetest bents
With cooler oaken boughs
Come in for comely ornaments
To re-adorn the house

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from The Ghosts of Christmas Past, released December 6, 2015

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Valentine Wolfe Greenville, South Carolina

Two classically trained musicians combining ambient solo bass, brutal distortion, electronica, and 18th century opera to tell a story of the macabre.

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