John Speller's Web Pages At The Beginning Of The Meat

John Speller's Web Pages - Boar's Head Carols

At the Beginning of the Meat
At the Beginning of the Meat is a fifteenth-century boar's head carol, published by William Henry Husk in 1868. The original tune is lost.

Po, po, po, po,
[I] love brawn and so do mo.

At the beginning of the meat
Of a boar's head ye shall eat,
And in the mustard ye shall wet
And ye shall singen ere ye go. Welcome be ye that be here,
And ye shall have right good cheer,
And also a right good fare,
And ye shall singen ere ye go.

Welcome be ye every one,
For ye shall sing right anon;
Hie ye fast that ye had done,
And ye shall singen ere ye go.
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