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His Golden Locks

The lyrics were written by George Peele for Sir Henry Lee (1530-1610). In 1559 Lee made a vow to defend Elizabeth’s honour against all challengers in an annual tournament to be held on her birthday. By 1590 he was too old to tilt, and in this song he makes his complimentary and graceful withdrawal. Sir Henry was Elizabeth’s Champion for 30 years, and retired at age 60.

John Dowland wrote the music, and published it in The First Booke of Songs or Ayres (1597).

His Golden Locks

Medieval and Renaissance Christmas Carols

In Dulci Jubilo (14th Century German)

Veni veni Emanuel (Lyrics 9th Century, music 15th Century French)

Quem Pastores Laudavere  (14th Century German)

Ther is no Rose of Swych Vertu  (15th Century English)

Verbum Caro Factum Est   (Piae Cantiones, 16th century)

Nova Nova  (15th Century English)

Lo How a Rose  (15th Century German)

Salutation Carol  (15th Century English)

Gaudete, Christus est natus (Piae Cantiones, 16th century)

Covertry Carol, Luly, lulay (15th century)