Come let us be merry (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2023-06-30)  CPDL #74422:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2023-06-30).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 179 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-12-17)  CPDL #56323:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-17).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Come let us be merry
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
Lyricist: Robert Lucas Pearsall

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1878 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 11, no. 317

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Original text and translations

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1  Come let us be merry and make good cheer,
Christmas comes but once a year
For a gay Ladye!
Rich and costly be her clothes,
Satin kirtle, silken hose!
Decked with jewels brought from far,
She shall shine like any star!
R:  Come let us be merry and make good cheer,
Christmas comes but once a year
For a gay Ladye!

2  See the yule-log blazes high,
Lends us light that we may spy
A gay Ladye!
Let no treason here by seen,
She shall be our Winter Queen!
We'll remain her subjects free,
And we'll drink her health in loyalty!

3  What though frost and snow unite
Out of doors to pinch and bite
Ev'ry gay Ladye!
Let them play their envious parts,
She'll find warmth in all our hearts!
There, in spite of both, she'll reign,
Till they wend them northward home again.

4  While here we sing our melody,
Let each cup high crownèd be,
For a gay Ladye!
There let Cupid dip his dart,
Ah, fair ladies, do not start!
Wine, that makes e'en cowards bold,
May hinder Love from catching a cold!