#03175
In Praise Of Christmas (Irish Descendants) video
(Drive The Cold Winter Away)
#1903: YouTube video by Notasthinkasudrunkim
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

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

'Tis ill for a mind to anger inclined,
To think of small injuries now,
If wrath be to seek, do not lend her thy cheek,
Nor let her inhabit thy brow;
Cross out of thy books malevolent looks,
Both beauty and youth's decay,
And wholly consort with mirth and with sport,
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, and friendly desire,
Each other in love to greet;
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
All sorrow beside they lay,
The old and the young doth carol this song,
To drive the cold winter away.

When Christmas's tide 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,
To be young and do the best that they can,
To 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 to each merry man's friend,
That does the best that he may,
Forgetting old wrongs with carols and songs,
To drive the cold winter away.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional English Christmas carol, Drive The Cold Winter Away, published in Wit And Mirth: Or Pills To Purge Melancholy, a large collection of songs by Thomas d'Urfey, 1719 ....####
This variant was arranged and recorded by the Irish Descendants (The Gift, trk#3, 2001 CD, Sextant Records, Markham, Ontario, recorded and mixed at Cool Blue Studios, St John's, NL, produced by the Irish Descendants and distributed by EMI Music Canada).

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A variant was recorded by Kelly Russell (Kelly's Green Christmas, trk#9, 1988 cassette, Pigeon Inlet Productions, Torbay, NL).

A variant was recorded by Dave Panting (Mandolin Christmas, trk#14, 2000 CD, Independently produced by executive producers Dave Panting and Sophie Meyer). Panting was born in Fort Churchill, Manitoba, but moved to St John's, NL in 1958. He is a former member of both the Figgy Duff and Rawlins Cross bands.

A variant was also recorded on a composite album by various artists (Amber Music, trk#10, 1997 CD, produced by Pamela Morgan, Amber Music, St John's, NL).


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