The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Nos Galan

For New Year's Eve

Words: These Welsh “Nos Galan” lyrics were written by John Ceiriog Hughes, , ca. 1873
The English translation of these lyrics were

Soon The Hoar Old Year Will Leave Us, John Oxenford (1812-1877), ca. 1873
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See: Deck The Hall

Tune: Nos Galan (“New Year's Eve”) from John Thomas's Welsh Melodies with Welsh and English Poetry; this series by Thomas was a collaboration with John Talhaiarn Jones and Thomas Oliphant. There were four volumes, the first two published in 1862, the third in 1870 and the fourth in 1874.
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Source: Charles Villiers Stanford, ed., The National Song Book: A Complete Collection of the Folk-Songs, Carols, And Rounds (London: Boosey & Co., 1906), p. 199.

1. Oer yw'r gwr sy'n methu caru,
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.
Hen fynyddoedd anwyl Cymru,
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.
Iddo ef a'u car gynhesaf,
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.
Gwyliau llawen flwydd nesaf,
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.

2. I'r helbulus oer yw'r biliau
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.
Sydd yn dyfod yn y Gwyliau,
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.
Gwrando bregeth mewnun pennill,
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.
Byth na waria fwy na'th ennill
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.

3. Oer yw'r eira ar Eryi,
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.
Er fod gwrthban gwlanen arni,
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.
Oer yw'r bobol na ofalan',
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.
Gwrdd a'u gilydd Ar Nos Galan,
     Fal la la la la, la la la la.

Sheet Music from Charles Villiers Stanford

Sheet music from Brinley Richards, ed., The Songs of Wales (Caneuon Cymru) 4th Edition. (London: Roosley & Co., 1873, 1879), pp. 154-157.

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See A Garritan Community Christmas for an MP3:
Deck the Halls, Fabio Vicentini

Note:

In a 2008 article in Wales Online, Robin Turner wrote that Dr. Ian Bradley, a theologian and scholar at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, discovered that poet John Ceiriog Hughes (1832-1887) gave us the first published lyrics in Welsh. I have yet to determine a date.

The English lyrics were provided by John Oxenford:  Soon The Hoar Old Year Will Leave Us.

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