The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now we mery, both more and lasse

Anonymous English, 16th Century
Balliol College, Oxford, MS 354, f. 223 v.

Make we mery, both more and lasse,
For now ys the tyme of Crystymas.

1. Let no man cume into this hall,
Grome, page, nor yet marshall,
But that sum sport he bryng withall,
For now ys the tyme of Crystmas.

2. Yff that he say he can not syng.
Sumoder sport then lett hym bryng,
That yt may please at thys festyng,
for now ys the tyme of Christmas.

3. Yff he say he can nowght do,
Then for my love aske hymn no mo,
But to the stokkes then lett hym go,
For now ys the time of Crystmas.

Carol 5, Richard Greene, ed., A Selection of Carols (Oxford: Clarendon, 1962).


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