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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Two Carols
II. In Die Nativitatis
Anonymous
 
    Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! Nowell!
    Tidings good I think to tell!
 
THE BOAR’S HEAD, 1 that we bring here,
Betokeneth a Prince without peer
Is born this day, to buy us dear!
    Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! etc.
        5
 
A Boar is a sovereign beast,
And acceptable in every feast;
So mote this Lord be to most and least!
    Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! etc.
 
This Boar’s head we bring with song,
In worship of Him that thus sprang        10
Of a Virgin, to redress all wrong.
    Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! etc.
 
Note 1. The Boar’s Head that we bring here.  This is another of the Boar’s Head carols. Mr. Bullen says that Ritson first printed it from Add. MS. 5665, the valuable folio which he presented to the British Museum. [back]
 
 
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