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Boar's Head Carols
A fifteenth-century Boar's Head Carol, not particularly associated with any location, published by William Henry Husk in 1868. The tune seems to have been irregular and I have been unable to determine its nature.
Tidings I bring you for to tell,
What me in wild forest befel
When me must with a wild beast mell [meddle]
With a boar so bryme [fierce].
A boar so bryme that me pursued,
Me for to kill so sharply moved,
That brymly beast so cruel and unrude [unruly],
There tamed I him,
And reft from him both life and limb.
Truly, to show you that this is true,
His head with my sword I hew,
To make this day to you mirth new,
Now eat thereof anon.
Eat, and much good do it you;
Take your bread and mustard thereto.
Joy with me that I have thus done,
I pray you be glad every one,
And joy all in one.