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    Padric Gregory
Excerpt from book: CHURL'S SONG OF CHRISTMAS. A.D. 1300. JO-MORROW will be Christ's birthday, And we, poor churls, will all make gay And spend our Yuletide gaily: Nor out to plough the gafol plot, Or thatch the barley-ricks, I wot, Or sweat as we do daily, Or mast the hogs, or bank the ditch, Or skin the beeves, or salt the flitch, Or in the barths go redding : But we the tegs will fastle fast, Well-foddered, and till Yule is past Toil none in tower or steading. And so, I prithee, merrie be In joy of Christ's Nativitie: And wassail, wassail, wassail sing In honour of our Lord and King. And when the sacring-bell hath rung, And when the priest his Mass hath sung A-down to board we'll frolic: And when our lord hath ta'en his place, And good Friar Anslem's mumbled " Grace," In meat and mead we'll rollick. And knight and 'squire, and clerk and priest, And churl, and wight, and wench will feast, On what their eyes may hap on— For there'll be boar's-head, roasted quail, Plum-porridge, veal, and sweetened ale, And mallard, goose, and capon. And so, I prithee, merrie be In joy of Christ's Nativitie: And wassail, wassail, wassail sing In honour of our Lord and King. And, after meat, the minstrel-mimes Will troll for us their merrie rhymes, And we will romp and revel, And 'plaud buffons and jugglers too, A CHURL'S SONG OF CHRISTMAS 29 And cozen with the wenches who Will kiss without a cavil: The mummers we will jape and cheer, We'll bourd, and bawl, and sing, nor fear The frown of lord or neighbour, And we will carol joyfulie To merrie song and melodie Of flagelot and tabor. And so, I prithee, merrie be In joy of Christ's Nativitie: And wassail, wassail, wassail sing In honour of our Lord and King. And yet, from dawn till ...  
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