The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Good Day, Good Day

Words: English Traditional from Oxford Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26, , f. 8

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 219.

Compare: Good Day, Sire Cristemas Our Kinge.

Good day, good day,
My Lord Sir Christėmas, good day!

1. Good day, Sir Christėmas our King,
For every man, both old and ying,
Is glad of your coming.
            Good day.

2. Godės Son so much of might
From heaven to earth down is light
And born is of a maid so bright.
            Good day.

3. Heaven and earth and also hell
And all that ever in them dwell,
Of your coming they be full snell.
            Good day.

4. All manner of mirthės we make,
And solace to our heartės take,
My seemly lordė for your sake.
            Good day.

Editor's Note:

The original carol has five verses; Dr. Rickert omits the 4th:

Of youre cominge this clerkes finde,
Ye come to save all man kinde,
And of here bales hem unbinde.
                Good day !

See: Good Day, Sire Cristemas Our Kinge.

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