The Boars Head Carol

The Boar's Head CarolThe Boar’s Head Carol is the 13th of 15 songs on the winter holiday album The Gifts of Midwinter by Ken and Lisa Theriot.

From the liner notes of the album:

The Boar’s Head Carol
Words: T.F. Dibdin’s Typographical antiquities, 1812
(based on Jan van Wynken’s Christmasse Carolles, 1521)
Music: traditional, Queen’s College, Oxford

This carol always reminds me of a certain Drachenwald
feast where a boar’s head was served to the Prince and the
herald loudly declared “His Highness has the head of a pig!”

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 the land,

Which thus bedecked with a gay garland

Let us servire cantico: (chorus)

Our steward hath provided this

In honor of the King of Bliss,

Which on this day to be servèd is

In Reginensi atrio: (chorus)

Here is a clip from Ken and Lisa’s recording of the song from The Gifts of Midwinter

The Boar’s Head Carol Clip
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