The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hanover Winter Song

Words by Richard Hovey (1864-1900), 1898

Music by Frederic Field Bullard (1864-1904), 1898
MP3 (copyright 1994-1995 Dartmouth College)

Both were 1885 graduates of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Ho, a song by the fire;
Pass the pipes, pass the bowl.
Ho, a song by the fire
With a skoal, with a skoal.
Ho, a song by the fire;
Pass the pipes with a skoal,
For the wolf-wind is wailing at the doorways,
And the snow drifts deep along the road,
And the ice gnomes are marching from their Norways,
And the great white cold walks abroad.

But, here by the fire, we defy frost and storm;
Ha, ha we are warm, and we have our heart's desire.
For here, we're good fellows, and the beechwood and the bellows;
And the cup is at the lip in the pledge of fellowship.
Oh, here by the fire, we defy frost and storm;
Ha, ha, we are warm, and we have our heart's desire.
For here we're good fellows, and the beechwood and the bellows.
And the cup is at the lip in the pledge of fellowship,
Of fellowship

Pile the logs on the fire;
Fill the pipes, pass the bowl.
Pile the logs on the fire
With a skoal, with a skoal.
Pile the logs on the fire;
Fill the pipes with a skoal,
For the fire goblins flicker on the ceiling,
And the wine witch glitters in the glass,
And the smoke wraiths are drifting, curling, reeling,
And the sleigh bells jingle as they pass.

But, here by the fire, we defy frost and storm;
Ha, ha we are warm, and we have our heart's desire.
For here, we're good fellows, and the beechwood and the bellows;
And the cup is at the lip in the pledge of fellowship.
Oh, here by the fire, we defy frost and storm;
Ha, ha, we are warm, and we have our heart's desire.
For here we're good fellows, and the beechwood and the bellows.
And the cup is at the lip in the pledge of fellowship,
Of fellowship

Oh, a God is the fire;
Pull the pipes, drain the bowl.
Oh, a God is the fire
With a skoal, with a skoal.
Oh, a God is the fire;
Pull the pipes with a skoal,
For the room has a spirit in the embers,
Tis a God and our fathers knew his name,
And they worship'd him in long-forgot Decembers,
And their hearts leap'd high with the flame.

Note

Hanover Winter Song. Page 24, Dartmouth Lyrics, by Richard Hovey, edited by Edwin Osgood Grover (Boston: Small, Maynard & company, c1924): This song was written at the suggestion of the editor of the present volume for the first edition of "Dartmouth Songs," published by him in 1898. As Hovey's profession was that of letters, he was paid for this song, also for "Eleazar Wheelock" and other songs written for the editor. Hovey arranged for the musical setting by his classmate, the noted composer Frederick Field Bullard. Bullard provided the music to several other Hovey poems.