The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Hob & Colin, Yule Is Come

Words: George R. Woodward, founded on those of Guillô, pran ton tamborin, a Burgundian Carol (1720); set to its proper melody by Charles Wood.
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Source: Rev. George R. Woodward, The Babe Of Bethlehem, Being Some Christmas Carols (48 West Hill, Highgate Village, 1923), #18

1. Hob & Colin, Yule is come,
Calling for your fife and drum;
If ye strike up, as ye can,
Turelurelu, pátapatapán,
I will carol; so will Jan
With a lassie, Joan or Nan.

2. Thus men gave, in olden days,
To the Prince of princes, praise:
Wherefore, an ye like my plan,
Turelurelu, patapatapan,
Dress your drum-stick, you; and span,
You, your reed, my piper Pan.

3. Christmas tolls the devil’s knell;
Thanked be Emmanuel.
So, from England to Japan,
Turelurelu, patapatapan,
Whether town or country man,
Sing it, ring it, ran-tan-ran.

4. God and man accordant are:
Not so, fife and drum; ye jar.
Yet nought would I sooner than
Turelurelu, patapatapan.
Fore our Lady and Saint Ann,
‘Tis high time the thing began.

Sheet Music from Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cambridge Carol-Book, Being Fifty-Two Songs For Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924)

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