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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.

[chorus]

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.

[chorus]

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.

[chorus]

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.

[chorus]

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

MERRY CHRISTMAS FACTO!

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