The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christmas Mummers' Carol

"Second Version."

Alternate Title: God bless the master of this house

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional

Tune noted by H. Balfour Gardiner
Sung by Mr. John Carter, at Twyford, Hants, 1905.

Source: Journal of the Folk Song Society, Vol. 2, Issue 7, #30, p. 128.

See: Christmas Mummers' Carol - Broadwood

God bless the master of this house,
And send him long to reign';
Where ever he walks,
Where ever he rides,
Lord Jesus be his guide,
Lord Jesus be his guide,
Lord Jesus be his guide.

God bless the mistress of this house,
With a gold chain round her breast
Amongst her friends and kindered,
God send her soul to rest.

Good man, good man, remember thou
When first our Christ was born;
He was crucified between two thieves,
And crowned with the thorn.

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Good man, good man, remember thou,
When Christ laid on the rood;
'Twas for our sins and wickedness
Christ shed His precious blood.

Good man, god man, remember thou,
When Christ was wrapped in clay;
He was put in some sepulchre,
Where never no man lay.

God bless the ruler of this house,
And send him long to reign;
And many a merry Christmas
We may live to see again.

Note from Broadwood:

Dr. George B. Gardiner communicates the above Hampshire version. The tune has a certain likeness to that noted in Sussex. It is worth mentioning that amongst the Sussex Mummers were two brothers with the surname of Hampshire, and from them I got the fragmentary words printed in Sussex Songs. From a Hampshire correspondent I learnt that he had often heard a similar carol in that county. -- L. E. B.

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