'Tis Christmas now! 'Tis Christmas now! When Cato's self would laugh, And smoothing forth his wrinked brow, Give liberty to quaff, To dance and sing, to sport and play, For every hour's a holiday. And for the twelve days, let them pass In mirth and jollity: The time doth call each lad and lass, That will be blythe and free, To dance and sing, to sport and play, For every hour's a holiday. And from the rising of the sun To the setting, cast off cares; 'Tis time enough when twelve is done. To think of our affairs, To dance and sing, to sport and play, For every hour's a holiday.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author ( 17th century )  [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by David Arditti (b. 1964), "A Glee at Christmas" [chorus], from Two Anonymous 17th Century Lyrics, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: David Arditti
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Word count: 111