1. Take thy tabor and thy flute,
None today must e'er be mute:
With such jolly shepherd toys,
To the sound of this shrill noise,
Let us raise a Noel, Boys!
2. Long ago our fathers sang
Such a song on this same day:
'Twas of Bethlehem, their lay,
Where wise kings and shepherds stray
To the stars their music rang.
3. As we join our choicest airs,
In a hymn that upward fares:
Earth and heaven seem near our prayers:
Vanish all our daily cares
While we dance and sing Noel.
English Translations on this Site:
Pat A Pan – Version 1 (Translator Unknown)
Pat A Pan – Version 2 (Translator Unknown)
Pat A Pan – Version 3 (Translation by Keyte and Parrott, editors of The New Oxford Book of Carols, copyright 1992)
Pat A Pan - Version 4 (Willie Take Your Little Drum, From John Brush's 1988 The Children's Book of Carols)
Pat A Pan - Version 5 (Translation by Percy Dearmer)
Patapan (From Terry's Two Hundred Folk Carols)
Hob & Cobin, Yule Is Come (George R. Woodward)
Willie, Take Your Little Drum (Janet E. Tobitt)
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