Christmasse comes but once a year (Traditional)

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Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
Edition notes: Harmonies adapted for SATB by Christopher R. Baker.

General information

Title: Christmasse comes but once a year
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: Marie Ruef Hofer
Tune: Variant on Greensleeves
Lyricist: Marie Ruef Hofer

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Lyrics by Marie Ruef Hofer, from Christmasse in Merrie England, 1915

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Original text and translations

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Let's dance and sing and make good cheer,
For Christmasse comes but once a year.
Make merry now nor draw a tear,
So early in the morning.
Then shout and sing till rafters ring,
For joy and mirth the seasons bring;
We'll welcome Father Christmasse in,
So early in the Morning.