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December 23, 2017



The Wren Song

The Wren, the Wren, the King of all Birds
Saint Stephen’s Day was caught in the furze
Although he was little his honor was great
Jump up me lads and give him a treat

Rolley, Rolley, where’s your nest?
It’s in the bush that I love best
In the tree, the holly tree
Where all the boys do follow me

We followed the Wren three miles or more
Three miles or more, three miles or more
Through hedges and ditches and piles of snow
At six o’ clock in the morning

Hunting the Wren on the day after Christmas is a Celtic custom believed to descend from ancient Solstice rituals

Custer LaRue sings The Wren Song with the Baltimore Consort

Winter Wren singing its own song


December 24, 2016



The Boar’s Head Carol

The boar’s head in hand bear I
Bedeck’d with bays and rosemary
And I pray you my masters be merry
Quot estis in convivio

Caput apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino

The boar’s head as I understand
Is the rarest dish in all this land
Which thus bedeck’d with a gay garland
Let us servire cantico

Caput apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino

Our steward hath provided this
In honor of the King of Bliss
Which on this day to be serv’ed is
In Reginensi atrio

Caput apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino

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