The Boar’s Head Carol by Wynkyn de Worde (Jan van Wynkyn)

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Reddens laudes Domino
1

The boar’s head in hand bring I,
Bedeck’d with bays and rosemary.
I pray you, my masters, be merry
Quot estis in convivio2.

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Reddens laudes Domino

The boar’s head, as I understand,
Is the rarest dish in all this land,
Which thus bedeck’d with a gay garland
Let us servire cantico3.

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Reddens laudes Domino

Our steward hath provided this
In honor of the King of Bliss;
Which, on this day to be served is
In Reginensi atrio4.

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Reddens laudes Domino

1Translation: Lo, behold the head I bring / Giving praise to God we sing
2Translation: As you all feast so heartily.
3Translation: Let us serve with a song.
4Translation: In the Queen’s hall.

From: http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/boars_head_carol.htm

Date: 1521

By: Wynkyn de Worde (Jan van Wynkyn) (14??-1534)

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