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Thread #13771   Message #1379761
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
15-Jan-05 - 10:58 PM
Thread Name: ADD:Drive the Cold Winter Away/All Hail to the Day
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Drive the Cold Winter Away
Comparing Jim Dixon's eight against the twelve printed by Chappell in "Popular Music of the Olden Time," the missing verses are 2, 3, 8, 9; five is somewhat different and the odd word is changed in the others.

2. Let misery pack, with a whip at his back,
To the deep Tantalian flood;
In Lethe profound, let envy be drown'd,
That pines at another man's good;
Let Sorrow's expanse be banded from hence,
All payments of grief delay,
And wholly consort with mirth and with sport
To drive the cold winter away.

3. 'Tis ill for a mind to anger inclin'd
To think of old 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 spend the long nights in honest delights,
To drive the cold winter away.

4. The court in all state---

5. Our good gentry there, for cost do not spare,
The yeomanry fast not till *Lent;
The farmers, and such, think nothing too much,
If they keep but to pay for their rent.
The poorest of all do merrily call,
When at a fit place they can stay,
For a song or a tale, or a pot of good ale,
To drive the cold winter away.

6. Thus none will allow---

The Second Part

7. This time of the year---

8. Sisley and Nancy, more jocund than any,
As blythe as the month of June,
Do carol and sing, like birds of the Spring,
(No nightingale sweeter in tune)
To bring in content, when summer is spent,
In pleasant delight and play,
With mirth and good cheer, to end the old year,
And drive the cold winter away.

9. The shepherd and swain do highly disdain
To waste out their time in care,
And Clim of the Clough** hath plenty enough
If he but a penny can spare,
To spend at the night in joy and delight,
Now after his labours all day,
For better than lands is the help of his hands,
To drive the cold winter away.

10. To mask and to mum---

11. When Christmas's tide comes in like a bride, ---

12. When white-bearded frost ---

"Boldly and not too fast, Song in Praise of Christmas," 6/8, music provided.
Footnotes- *For the support and encouragement of the fishing towns, in the time of Elizabeth, Wednesdays and Fridays were constantly observed as fast days, or days of abstinence from flesh. **Clim of the Clough- Clement of the Cleft (a noted archer, in old ballads).
William Chappell, 1855 (Dover 1965), "Popular Music of the Olden Time," vol, 1, pp. 193-195.