Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
(1881)
Emily Huntington Miller (w), James Lord Pierpont (m)
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Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
1881
English
Emily Huntington Miller
James Lord Pierpont
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"Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" is a Christmas song that originated with a poem by Emily Huntington Miller (1833-1913), published as "Lilly's Secret" in The Little Corporal Magazine in December 1865. The song's lyrics have also been attributed to Benjamin Hanby, who wrote a similar song in the 1860s, "Up on the Housetop". However, the lyrics now in common use closely resemble Miller's 1865 poem.
The song is traditionally performed to a melody which James Lord Pierpont wrote in 1857 for the original version of "Jingle Bells".
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