This Christmas Carol is well-known and its melody's bouncy rhythm has resulted in it being used with various comedy lyrics, sometimes of a ribald variety. The carol in its traditional form was written (both words and music) by John Henry Hopkins (1820-1891) who was an American clergyman. He wrote the carol as part of a production he organised for his students at a seminary (The General Theological Seminary in New York City) where he held the post of musical director.
We have the following different versions of this sheet music depending on the instrument you are using: Keyboard, Guitar, with melody lines for a variety of instruments Main, High, Bass, Clar, Horn, Sax and Viola, and this Accompaniment part so that a pianist can accompany solo instruments or groups.
Also check our main Christmas Carols page for our full range of carols.