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The Mistletoe Bough: Sad Songs That Our Grandmothers Used to Sing

This article about the song and legend of The Mistletoe Bough appeared in an early 20th century children’s encyclopedia (1911), The Book of Knowledge. I’ve included a clip from a silent film of the same title that I found on Archive.org. Then there was Thomas Haynes Bayly. We do not know his songs so well as our grandfathers and grandmothers used to know them; but we know at least “The Mistletoe Bough,” and we have heard of “She wore a Wreath of Roses,” and of “Oh, no! We Never Mention Her,” of “I’ll hang my Harp on a Willow Tree,” and...

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