The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lassie and Lad, Array You

Bellissima Regina

For Christmas

Words: George Radcliffe Woodward

Music: Setting by Charles Wood

Source: Charles Wood from Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, eds.,  An Italian Carol Book Being a Selection of Laude Spirituali of the XVIth and XVIIth Centuries (London: The Faith Press, 1920), Carol #2, p. 2.

Lassie and lad, array you
   In holiday apparel
Christmas is come: assay you
   Another Christmas carol,
Cheering with pipe and tabour
Lover, kith, kin, and neighbor.

Deck'd be the hall with holly,
   Green leaf, and red, red berry:
Let every man be jolly,
   And every maid be merry!
But be your frolick harmless,
Else shall your song be charmless.

And in your mirth, remember,
   Ye feasters, and gay glee-man,
Him, who, in chill December,
   Of slaves did make you free-men,
Oft as the Yule-clog blazes,
Sing ye his birth with praises.

Sheet music setting by Charles Wood from Charles Wood from Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, eds.,  An Italian Carol Book Being a Selection of Laude Spirituali of the XVIth and XVIIth Centuries (London: The Faith Press, 1920), Carol #2, p. 2.

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