The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Deck the Hall With Boughs of Holly

For Christmas

See: Deck The Hall

Words: Nos Galan” by John Ceiriog Hughes.
This translation by Anonymous (possibly alt. by Mrs. L. A. Bradbury)

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 C. Shoemaker, ed., Holiday Entertainments (Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Co., 1915), pp. 125-6.

1. Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
     Hail to Thee, Old Christmas, Hail to thee!
Tis the season to be jolly,
     Caroling together merrily!
Don we now our gay apparel,
Toll the ancient Christmas carol,
     Hail to Thee, Old Christmas, Hail to thee!

2. See the blazing Yule before us,
     Hail to Thee, Old Christmas, Hail to thee!
Strike the harp and join the chorus,
     Caroling together merrily!
Follow me in merry measure
While I tell of Christmas treasure;
     Hail to Thee, Old Christmas, Hail to thee!

3. Fast away the old year passes,
     Hail to Thee, Old Christmas, Hail to thee!
Greet the new, ye lads and lassies,
     Caroling together merrily!
Sing once more, and all together,
Heedless of the wind and weather,
     Hail to Thee, Old Christmas, Hail to thee!

Note:

These lyrics were included in a Christmas skit titled "A Christmas Pastime," written by Mrs. L. A. Bradbury, who may or may not have been responsible for the lyrics. This version follows the same structure as Deck The Hall With Holly.

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