Hob & Colin, Yule Is Come
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,
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,
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,
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
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)
English Translations of PataPan on this Site:
Pat A Pan – Version 1 (Translator Unknown)
Pat A Pan – Version 2 (Translator Unknown)
Pat A Pan – Version 3 (Translation by Keyte and Parrott, editors of The New Oxford Book of Carols, copyright 1992)
Pat A Pan - Version 4 (Willie Take Your Little Drum, From John Brush's 1988 The Children's Book of Carols)
Pat A Pan - Version 5 (Translation by Percy Dearmer)
Patapan (From Terry's Two Hundred Folk Carols)
Hob & Cobin, Yule Is Come (George R. Woodward)
Willie, Take Your Little Drum (Janet E. Tobitt)
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