The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now Farewell Good Christmas

Words from New Christmas Carols, 1661.


Music to the tune of "Bonny Sweet Robin"


Source: A. H. Bullen, A Christmas Garland (London: John C. Nimmo, 1885),pp. 242-3.

1. Now farewell, good Christmas,
    Adieu and adieu,
I needs now must leave thee,
    And look for a new;
For till thou returnist,
    I linger in pain,
And I care now how quickly
    Thou comest again.

2. But ere thou departest
    I purpose to see
What merry good pastim
    This day will show me;
For a king of the wassail
    This night we must choose,
Or else the old customs
    We carelessly lose.

3. The wassail well spiced
    About shall go round,
Thou it cost my good master
    Best part of a pound:
The main in the buttery
    Stands ready to fill
Her nappy good liquor
    With heart and good will.

4. And to welcome us kindly
    Our master stands by,
And tells me in friendship
    One tooth is a-dry.
Then let us accept it
    As lovingly, friends;
And so for this twelfth-day
    My carol here ends.

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