Noel! Wassail! Good day, good day, My Lord Sir Christëmas, good day! Good day, Sir Christëmas our King, For every man, both old and ying, Is glad of your coming. Good day Godës Son so much of might From heaven to earth down is light And born is of a maid so bright. Good day. Noel! Our King! Hosanna! This night a Child is born. 'Get ivy and hull, woman, deck up thine house, And take this same brawn for to seethe and to souse; Provide us good cheer, for thou knowest the old guise, Old customs that good be, let no man despise. At Christmas be merry and thank God of all, And feast thy poor neighbours, the great and the small. Yea, all the year long have an eye to the poor, And God shall send luck to keep open thy door. Good fruit and good plenty do well in thy loft, Then lay for an orchard and cherish it oft. The profit is mickle, the pleasure is much; At pleasure with profit few wise men will grutch. For plants and for stocks lay aforehand to cast, But set or remove them, while Twelve-tide do last. Welcome be Thou, heaven-king, Welcome born in one morning, Welcome for whom we shall sing Welcome Yule. Welcome be ye that are here, Welcome all, and make good cheer, Welcome all another year! Welcome Yule. Glory to God on high, and jolly mirth, 'Twixt man and man, and peace on earth! Wassail, Wassail! Lully, lulley, lully, lulley... Noel! Noel! Herod that was so wild and wode. Mine own dear mother... Jesu, Jesu! This night a Child is born; This night a Son is given; This son, this Child Hath reconciled Poor man that was forlorn, And the angry God of Heaven. Hosanna, sing Hosanna! Now, now that joyful day, That blessed hour is come, That was foretold In days of old, Wherein all nations may Bless, bless the virgin's womb. Hosanna, sing Hosanna! Let heaven triumph above, Let earth rejoice below; Let heaven and earth Be filled with mirth, For peace and lasting love Atones your God and you. Hosanna, sing Hosanna!
- by Francis Quarles (1592 - 1644) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Thomas Tusser (1524 - 1580) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Variation VI: (Finale) Noel!", op. 3 no. 7, rev. 1955, first performed 1934 [men's chorus, women's chorus, boys' chorus a cappella (organ ad libitum)], from the cantata A Boy was Born, no. 7, Chester Music [text verified 1 time]
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