11 December – Coventry Carol

Herod the King, in his raging, charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight, all children young, to slay.

Annie Lennox’s version of this carol is intensely powerful, which suits the subject matter – Coventry Carol dates from the 16th century, and is a lullaby sung by mothers to their children ordered by Herod to be killed.

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