Lording and Lady
Words: George Radcliffe Woodward
Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, eds., An Italian Carol Book (London: The Faith Press, Ltd., 1920), #14
1. Lording and lady, for charity remember
Christ and his brethren at Yuletide in December
With holly, bay and laurel
Deck the hall, and after labour,
Forgetting feud and quarrel,
Entertain your needy neighbour.
2. Lo Maiden Mary; with love and awe she bendeth
Over her Infant, and so his wants attendeth:
See Joseph how he meeteth
Simple shepherds at the manger;
How loyally he greeteth,
One by one, the Eastern stranger.
3. So ye, with Angels, with ox and ass afore him,
Like yon poor peasant, or wealthy prince, adore him.
And now let Mass be sungen
In the presence of much people:
And let the bells be rungen
By the hour from every steeple.
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