Boar's Head Carol

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First published in 1521

The boar's head in hand bear I
Bedecked with bay and rosemary
I pray you, my masters, be merry
Quot estis in convivio*.
Chorus:
|: Caput apri defero,
Reddens laudes domino.** :|

2. The boar's head, as I understand,
Is the rarest dish in all this land,
Which thus bedecked with a gay garland
Let us servire cantico***.
Chorus:

3. Our steward hath provided this
In honor of the King of bliss
Which, on this day to be served is
In Reginensi atrio****:
Chorus:

4. The boar's head in hand bear I
Bedecked with bay and rosemary
I pray you, my masters, be merry
Quot estis in convivio.
Chorus:


* so many as are in the feast.
** the boar's head I bring, giving praises to God
*** let us serve with a song
**** in the Queen's hall

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