Let Us All Be Merry

Let Us All Be Merry

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Composed by Barlow Bradford for SATB Choir and Orchestra

  • "Let Us All Be Merry" SATB Choir and Piano Choral Score

  • Orchestration: 2222 2220 3 perc. hp. str.

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From "Christmas Carol" by George Withers

So now is come our joyful feast,
Let every man be jolly; 
Each room with ivy leaves is dressed, 
And every post with holly. 
Though some churls at our mirth repine, 
Round your foreheads garlands twine, 
Drown sorrow in a cup of wine, 
And let us all be merry.

Now all our neighbors' chimneyssmoke, 
And Christmas blocks are burning; 
Their ovens they with baked meats choke, 
And all their spits are turning. 
Without the door let sorrow lie, 
And if for cold it hap to die, 
We'll bury it in a Christmas pie, 
And evermore be merry.

Rank misers now do sparing shun, 
Their hall of music soundeth; 
And dogs thence with whole shoulders run, 
So all things aboundeth. 
The country-folk themselves advance, 
For crowdy-mutton's come out of France; 
And Jack shall pipe and Jill shall dance, 
And all the town be merry.

Then wherefore in these merry days
Should we, I pray, be duller? 
No, let us sing some roundelays
To make our mirth the fuller. 
And whilst we thus inspired sing, 
Let all the streets with echoes ring; 
Woods, and hills, and everything
Bear witness we are merry.

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