Drive The Cold Winter Away Carol

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“Drive The Cold Winter Away” is a Christmas Carol that was first published in 1625 in England. It’s about festivities that take place around Christmas. Below you can read the lyrics and hear a poetical recitation of the carol, which is really sweet. After that you’ll find a singing rendition on a YouTube video.  “Drive the Cold Winter Away” also known as “All Hail to the Days”, “In Praise of Christmas”, and “The Praise of Christmas”

MP3 of Drive the Cold Winter Away 

 Drive The Cold Winter Away

All hail to the days that merit more praise
Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights,
As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man’s friend,
That doth but the best that he may;
Forgetting old wrongs, with carols and songs,
To drive the cold winter away.

This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
And neighbours together do meet,
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
Each other in love do greet;
Old grudges forgot, are put in the pot,
All sorrows aside they lay,
The old and the young doth carol his song,
To drive the cold winter away.

To mask and to mum kind neighbours will come
With wassails of nut-brown ale,
To drink and carouse to all in the house,
As merry as bucks in the dale;
Where cake, bread and cheese is brought for your fees,
To make you the longer stay;
At the fire to warm will do you no harm,
To drive the cold winter away.

When Christmastide comes in like a bride,
With holly and ivy clad,
Twelve days in the year, much mirth and good cheer,
In every household is had;
The country guise is then to devise
Some gambols of Christmas play,
Whereat the young men do best that they can,
To drive the cold winter away.

When white-bearded frost hath threatened his worst,
And fallen from branch and brier,
Then time away calls, from husbandry halls
And from the good countryman’s fire,
Together to go to plough and to sow,
To get us both food and array;
And thus with content the time we have spent
To drive the cold winter away.

Image: Winter Scene with Skaters by Jan Griffier I (1652–1718).

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One Response to “Drive The Cold Winter Away Carol”

  1. Tommy Efreeti Says:

    A lovely ballad. Thank you for sharing.

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