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The Ditchling Carol Be merry all, be merry all. With holly deck the festive hall. Prepare the song, the feast, the hall To welcome merry Christmas. cho: And all remember, gentles gay: For you who bask in fortune's ray The year is all a holiday. The poor have only Christmas. You who in velvet mantle go, Defy December's tempest's roar. Oh, spare one garment from your store To clothe the poor at Christmas. You who the costly banquet deal To friends who never famine feel, Oh, spare one morsel from your meal To feed the poor at Christmas. With blazing logs of fuel the while, Your homes are within summer's smile. Oh, spare one log from off your pile To warm the poor at Christmas. So shall each note of mirth appear More sweet to Heaven than praise or prayer, And angels in their carols there Shall bless the poor at Christmas. From the Watersons' singing. AD
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