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Carol for New Years Day The old year now away is fled The new year now is entered; Then let us now our sins down tread And joyfully all appear. Let's merry be this holiday And let us run with sport and play Hang sorrow, let's cast care away God send you a happy new year. And now, with new years gifts, each friend Unto each other they do send; God grant we may our lives amend And that the truth may appear. Now like the snake cast off your skin Of evil thoughts and wicked sin, And to amend this new year begin God send us a merry new year. And now let all the company In friendly manner all agree, For we are here welcome all may see Unto this jolly good cheer. I think my master and my dame The which are founders of the same, To eat, to drink now is no shame -- God send us a merry new year. Come lads and lasses, every one, Jack, Tom, Dick, Bess, Mary and Joan, Let's cut the meat unto the bone For welcome you need not fear. And here for good liquor we shall not lack It will whet my brains and strengthen my back, This jolly good cheer it must go to wrack God send us a merry new year. Come, give us more liquor when I do call, I'll drink to each one in this hall, I hope so loud I must not bawl, But unto me lend an ear. Good fortune to my master send And to my dame which is our friend God bless us all, and so I end--- And God send us a happy new year. From Chappell, Popular Music of the Olden Time. Printed in 1642 RG
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