The angel Gabriel from heaven came

The angel Gabriel from heaven came. Sabine Baring-Gould* (1834-1924). This is a free rendering of a Basque carol, ‘Birjina gaztettobat zegoen’, which Baring-Gould may have come across in his travels (though it is not mentioned in his A Book of the Pyrenees, 1907), or in a collection of Basque carols published by Charles Bordes in Paris in 1897 (see Wesley Milgate, Songs of the People of God, 1982, p. 103). It was published in one of a series of pamphlets entitled The University Carol Book (in Parts 1 and 2, in one volume, 1922). A later series of the UCB, edited by Erik Routley*, included it (Part 5, 1961). A translation into English was given with the Basque music in 200 Folk Carols,...

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