Deck the hall (Traditional)

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See also -The Christmas Songbook -Deck the halls (Charles Wood)

  • (Posted 2017-11-22)  CPDL #47663:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Simple SATB arrangement.
  • (Posted 2008-11-09)  CPDL #18230:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif
Editor: M. Ryan Taylor (submitted 2008-11-09).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arrangement for SATB choir with optional kazoos. Files recovered using the WayBackMachine of
  • (Posted 2004-05-20)  CPDL #07040:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2003-01-03)  CPDL #04451:  Network.png PDF file available.
Editor: Stefan Karpiniec (submitted 2003-01-03).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: arranged by Stefan Karpiniec.
  • (Posted 2002-06-11)  CPDL #03660:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files available.
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2002-06-11).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 19 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer
  • (Posted 2000-11-27)  CPDL #01683:  Network.png GIF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 1999-11-11)  CPDL #00502:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-11-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 19 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Deck the Hall
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: The traditional Welsh tune is also known as NOS GALAN

External websites:

Original text and translations

Deck the hall

CPDL #'s 00502, 01683, 03660, 04451, 7040, & 18230 all set the following verses:

English.png English text

Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la, la, la.
'Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la, la, la.
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la, la, la.
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la, la, la.

See the blazing Yule before us, (fa la la…)
Strike the harp and join the chorus, (fa la la…)
Follow me in merry measure, (fa la la…)
While I tell of Yuletide treasure, (fa la la…)

Fast away the old year passes, (fa la la…)
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, (fa la la…)
Sing we joyous all together, (fa la la…)
Heedless of the wind and weather, (fa la la…)

French.png French translation

Ornez la salle avec des branches de houx, fa la la la la
C'est la saison où l'on se réjouit
Vêtons-nous maintenant de beaux habits
Lançons l'ancien hymne de Noël.

Voyez le Noël flamboyant devant nous
Touchons la harpe et tous au refrain
Suivez-moi sur le rythme béni
Tandis que je parle du trésor de Noël.

L'année passée s'éloigne vite
Saluez la nouvelle, gars et filles
Chantons joyeux tous ensemble
Sans souci du vent et du mauvais temps.

Soon the hoar old year

This version (c. 1873) by J. Oxenford purports to be a translation of the Welsh lyrics:

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Soon the hoar old year must leave us, (fa la la…)
But the parting must not grieve us (fa la la…)
When the new year comes tomorrow (fa la la…)
Let him find no trace of sorrow (fa la la…)

He our pleasures may redouble, (fa la la…)
He may bring us store of trouble, (fa la la…)
Hope the best and gaily meet him, (fa la la…)
With a jovial chorus greet him, (fa la la…)

At his birth, he brings us gladness, (fa la la…)
Ponder not on future sadness, (fa la la…)
Anxious care is now but folly, (fa la la…)
Fill the mead-cup, hand the holly, (fa la la…)