Unlikely, actually. The tune is Welsh in origin, Nos Galan from the 16th century, but the words are 19th century American! Mozart used the tune in the 1770s (but he was not averse to pinching a good tune from anywhere). But I've not been able to find the author of the words. Very widely reported as being American, and not in repititions of a Wiki article, either. Probably dates from the times of Dickens and his tours - he spread a lot of the Christmas cheer type of stuff that we now regard as traditional.
Dec 20 2006, 4:38 AM