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Lyr Add: Now, Now, the Mirth Comes (Twelfe Night)

Q (Frank Staplin) 31 Oct 13 - 04:31 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Now, Now, the Mirth Comes (Twelfe Night)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 Oct 13 - 04:31 PM

Lyr. Add: NOW, NOW THE MIRTH COMES
or- Twelfe Night, or King and Queene
Robert Herrick

1
Now, now the mirth comes,
With the cake full of plums,
Where beane's the king of the sport here;
Beside we must know,
The pea also
Must revell as queene in the court here.
2
Begin then to chuse,
This night as ye use,
Who for the present delight here;
Be a king by the lot,
And who shall not
Be Twelfe-day queene for the night here.
3
Which knowne, let us make
Joy-sops with the cake;
And let now a man then be seen here
Who unurg'd will not drinke,
To the base from the brink,
A health to the king and the queene here.
4
Next crown the bowle full
With gentle lambs-wooll;(1)
Adde sugar, nutmet, and ginger,
With store of ale too;
And thus ye must doe
To make the wassaile a swinger.
5
Give then to the king
And queene wassailing,
And though with ale ye be *whet here, *wet
As free from offence
As when ye innocent met here.

(1_Lambs-wool- strong ale in which fresh roasted crab apples have been pressed.

Robert Herrick's Poems, 2 vols., Edinburgh 1823.
The poem appeared in "Hesperides", 1648.

Source: William Sandys, "Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern," (London: Richard Beckley, 1833).

More than one tune has been used with the poem.

The Twelfth Cake "was formerly made full of plums, amongst which were placed a bean and a pea. The cake being sliced and distributed amongst the company, he to whose lot fell the piece containing the bean was the King, whilst she who obtained the piece holding the pea became the Queen, for the evening.
"The ceremony was also formerly practised in France, under the name ,I>La Roi de la feve."

Stephen Collins Foster, in his song "Some Folks," speaks of the "Queen of Mirth." This Twelfth Night ceremony seems to have been his source.
Thread 152678: Some Folks

http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Now, Now, the Mirth Comes (Twelfe Night)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 Oct 13 - 04:55 PM

So far, I have not found a tune. Anyone?


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