The Boar's Head

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This song dates back at least to the 1500s, when a version was published in Wynken de Worde's Christmasse Carolles. It is macaronic, in English and Latin.

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The boar’s head in hand bear I, bedecked with bays and rosemary
And I pray you, my masters, be merry quot estis in convivio
{translation: as many as are at the feast}

Caput apri defero, reddens laudes Domino
{translation: I bring the boar’s head, reciting praises to the Lord}

The boar’s head, as I understand, is the rarest dish in all this land
Which thus bedecked with a gay garland let us servire cantico
{translation: serve it up with a song}

Our steward hath provided this, in honor of the King of bliss
Which on this day to be servéd is, in reginensi atrio
{translation: in the queen’s hall}

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from Wassail!, released December 16, 2016
Music & lyrics: Traditional
Singers: William Elder (solo), Amanda Keogh, Carol Monahan, Ezra Homison, Marie Cooley, Victoria Dzenis

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Conspiratio Seattle, Washington

"Conspiratio" is the latin word for harmony. It literally means "breathing together". It also means conspiracy. We conspire solely to amuse ourselves and others with very old songs, mostly about drinking!

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