The Borys Hede, That We Bryng Here
Words and Music attributed to Rev. Richard Smart (or Smerte), Rector (1435-1477) of Plymtree, Devon, and vicar-choral at Exeter Cathedral (1428-ca. 1466). The time of composition was during the reigns of Henry VII or VIII; it was found in the "Ritson Manuscript," British Library MS. Addit 5665, fol. 5, v0.
Source: Thomas Wright, Specimens of Old Christmas Carols Selected from Manuscripts and Printed Books (London: The Percy Society, 1841), pp. 50-51.
See generally: Boar's Head Carols
Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell,
Tydynges gode y thyngke to telle.
The borys hede, that we bryng here,
Betokeneth a prince withowte pere,
Ys borne this day to bye us dere,
A bore ys a soverayn beste,
And acceptable in every feste;
So mote thys lord be to moste and leste,
This borys hede we bryng with song,
In worchyp of hym that thus sprang
Of a virgine, to redresse alle wrong;
Sheet Music from John Stafford Smith, Musica Antiqua. Vol. 1. (London: Printed & Sold by Preston, 1812), #22.
In this version, the first line of the first
"The boar's head that I bring here."
For notes concerning this carol, please see The Boar's Head, That We Bring Here (Husk, 1868).
Copies of this carol on this site:
The Boar's Head That We Bring Here - Ritson (1782); first publication in Ritson's Observations on Warton's History of English Poetry
The Borys Hede That We Bryng Here (Sandys, 1833, with notes)
The borys hede that we bryng here (Thomas Wright, 1841) (this page)
The Boar's Head, That We Bring Here (Husk, 1868, with notes)
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