The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

 'Tis Christmas Now

Words: From Playford's Select Ayres and Dialogues

Music: Henry Lawes, 1595-1662
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Carol 682, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. 'Tis Christmas now, 'tis Christmas now,
When Cato's self could laugh,
And smothing forth his wrinkled brow,
Gives liberty to quaff.
To dance, to sing, to sport and play;
For ev'ry hour's a holiday.

2. And for the Twelve days, let them pass
In mirth and jollity!
The time doth call each lad and lass
That will be blythe and merry.
Then dance, to sing, to sport and play;
For ev'ry hour's a holiday.

3. And from the rising of the sun
To the setting cast off cares;
'Tis time enough when twelve is done
To think of our affairs.
Then dance, to sing, to sport and play;
For ev'ry hour's a holiday.

Sheet Music from Rev. Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol 682

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