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Drive the cold Winter away

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  • Die Geschichte von 'Drive the cold Winter away'
  • 'Drive the cold Winter away' (auch: In Praise Of Christmas, The Praise of Christmas, All hail to the Days) stammt aus dem Mittelalter. Der Verfasser ist unbekannt, teilweise wird das Lied Tom Durfey (1653 bis 1723) zugeschrieben.

  • 'Drive the cold Winter away' Liedtext
  • The first Part

  • 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 each merry man's friend,
  • That doth but the best that he may;
  • Forgetting old wrongs, with carols and songs,
  • To Drive the cold Winter away.

  • 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 expense be banded from hence,
  • All payments have greater delay,
  • We'll spend the long nights in cheerful delights
  • 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.

  • The court in all state now opens her gate
  • And gives a free welcome to most;
  • The city likewise, tho' somewhat precise,
  • Doth willingly part with her roast:
  • But yet by report from city and court
  • The country will e'er gain the day;
  • More liquor is spent and with better content
  • To Drive the cold Winter away.

  • Our good gentry there for costs 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 now do merrily call,
  • When at a fit place they can stay,
  • For a song or a tale or a cup of good ale
  • To Drive the cold Winter away.
  • Thus none will allow of solitude now
  • But merrily greets the time,
  • To make it appear of all the whole year
  • That this is accounted the prime:
  • December is seen apparel's in green,
  • And January fresh as May
  • Comes dancing along with a cup and a song
  • To Drive the cold Winter away.

  • The second Part

  • This time of the year is spent in good cheer,
  • And neighbours together do meet
  • To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
  • Each other in love to greet;
  • Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
  • All sorrows aside they lay;
  • The old and the young doth carol this song
  • To Drive the cold Winter away.

  • Sisley and Nanny, more jocund than any,
  • As blithe 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 spend,
  • In pleasant delight and play,
  • With mirth and good cheer to end the whole year,
  • And Drive the cold Winter away.

  • The shepherd, the 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 labour all day;
  • For better than lands is the help of his hands
  • To Drive the cold Winter away.
  • To mask and to mum kind neighbours will come
  • With wassails of nut-brown ale,
  • To drink and carouse to all in the house
  • As merry as bucks in the dale;
  • Where cake, bread, and cheese is brought for your fees
  • To make you the longer stay;
  • At the fire to warm 'twill do you no harm,
  • To Drive the cold Winter away.

  • When Christmas's tide come 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,
  • Whereat the young men do best that they can
  • To Drive the cold Winter away.

  • When white-bearded frost hath threatened his worse,
  • And fallen from branch and briar,
  • Then time away calls from husbandry halls
  • And from the good countryman's fire,
  • Together to go, to plough and to sow
  • To get us both food and array,
  • And thus will content the time we have spend
  • To Drive the cold Winter away.

  • Alle Angaben ohne Gewähr.

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