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Prepare the song...

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Be merry all, be merry all.
With holly deck the festive hall.
Prepare the song, the feast, the hall
To welcome merry Christmas.

And all remember, gentles gay:
For you who bask in fortune's ray
The year is all a holiday.
The poor have only Christmas.

You who in velvet mantle go,
Defy December's tempest's roar.
Oh, spare one garment from your store
To clothe the poor at Christmas.


You who the costly banquet deal
To friends who never famine feel,
Oh, spare one morsel from your meal
To feed the poor at Christmas.


With blazing logs of fuel the while,
Your homes are within summer's smile.
Oh, spare one log from off your pile
To warm the poor at Christmas.


So shall each note of mirth appear
More sweet to Heaven than praise or prayer,
And angels in their carols there
Shall bless the poor at Christmas.


The Ditching Carol- Trad.

Posted by Factotum

18th Dec 2008, 02:15  

nige says:

In full song! wicked,

18th Dec 2008, 06:41

PrincessJun says:

Love this pic - Happy Christmas!

18th Dec 2008, 09:09

mara says:

Merry Christmas Factotum and Happy 2009!

18th Dec 2008, 09:12

Dhamaka says:

nice one Factotum!
Have a great one yourself

18th Dec 2008, 09:37

Viv says:

Christmas - all about the preparation and anticipation and joining in - nice one

18th Dec 2008, 10:46

lps says:

Merry Christmas! I'm trying to learn this song... quite difficult for me but I'll keep on trying!

18th Dec 2008, 13:26

minkey says:

:-) trying to find the music, A very happy one to you too

18th Dec 2008, 15:10


18th Dec 2008, 18:38

MaggieD says:

Love the sentiment of the carol, I am now going off to google it .... and love the oversized carol sheets and the total engagement of the singers :)

18th Dec 2008, 20:05

MaggieD says:

Well I found the Dave Carter version but it would not play :( ... it also has it listed as the Ditchling Carol ......... I will carry on looking .........

18th Dec 2008, 20:26

factotum says:

Minkey and Maggie, I learned it from a recording by Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy, on a compilation CD called A Christmas Celtic Sojourn put out by Rounder Records many years ago. It's one of my favourite carols.

19th Dec 2008, 04:30

Norma Waterson is one of my favourite people on this earth. She gave me a tea towel.

19th Dec 2008, 10:22

Spiderbaby says:

Lovely shot. They're really into their singing here :) I hadn't heard that carol before, will look into it now. Thank you

Never underestimate the power of a good tea towel :)

22nd Dec 2008, 17:43

jc1000000 says:

That's a great Christmas Carol. Best wishes for the season Facto!

23rd Dec 2008, 11:03

JokerXL says:

They're perfectly in tune too!
Well, as far as I can tell from here.

23rd Dec 2008, 19:42

factotum says:

Hobo, I hope you blog the tea towel!
Happy Christmas everyone!

24th Dec 2008, 02:18