The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Be Merry All, Be Merry All

For the Christmas-tide

Words: English Traditional

Music: Not Stated

Source: A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), pp. 18-19.

Be merry all, be merry all,
With holly dress the festive hall,
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
    To welcome merry Christmas.

And, oh remember, gentles gay,
For you who bask in fortune's ray,
The year is all a holiday,
    The poor have only Christmas.

When you with velvets mantl’d o'er,
Defy December's tempest's roar,
Oh ! spare one garment from your store,
    To clothe the poor at Christmas.

From blazing loads of fuel, while
Your homes with in-door summer smile ;
Oh ! spare one faggot from the pile,
    To warm the poor at Christmas.

When you the costly banquet deal,
To guests who never famine feel !
Oh ! spare one morsel from your meal,
    To feed the poor at Christmas.

When gen’rous wine your care controls,
And gives new joy to happiest souls;
Oh! spare one goblet from your bowls,
    To cheer the poor at Christmas.

So shall each note of mirth appear
More sweet to Heav'n than praise or pray'r,
And angels in their carols there,
    Shall bless the poor at Christmas.

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