Our American Holidays - Christmas/The Boar’s Head Carol

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(Sung at Queen's College, Oxford.)

The boar's head in hand bear I,
Bedecked 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 honour of the King of bliss;
Which on this day to be served is
      In Reginensi Atrio.
            Caput apri defero
            Reddens laudes domino.