The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

'Twas Jolly, Jolly Wat

Words: Rt. Rev. C. W. Stubbs

Music: T. T. Noble
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Source: Carol #487, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. 'Twas jolly, jolly Wat, my foy,
He was a good-man's shepherd boy,
And he sat by his sheep
On the hillside so steep,
And piped This song,
Ut hoy! Ut hoy!
O merry, merry sing for joy,
Ut hoy!

2. A down from Heav'n that is so high
There came an angel companye,
And on Bethlehem hill
Thro' the night-tide so still
Their song out rang:
On high, On high
O glory be to God on high,
On high!

3. Now must Wat go where Christ is born,
Yea, go and come again tomorn.
And my pipe it shall play,
All my heart it doth say
To Shepherd King:
Ut hoy! Ut hoy!
O merry, merry sing for joy,
Ut hoy!

4. O peace on earth, good will to men,
The angels sang again, again,
For to you was He born
On this Christmas morn,
So sing we all:
On high, On high
O glory be to God on high,
On high!

5. Jesu my King, it's naught for Thee,
A bob of of cherries, one, two, three,
But my tar-box and ball,
And my pipe, I give all
To Thee, my King.
Ut hoy! Ut hoy!
O merry, merry sing for joy,
Ut hoy!

6. Farewell, herd-boy, saith Mary mild.
Thanks, jolly Wat, smiled Mary's Child,
For fit gift for a king
Is your heart in one thing.
So pipe you well,
For joy, for joy!
O merry, merry sing for joy,
Ut hoy!

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

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