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"Vindication of Christmas" - Speech - 1653

"Vindication of Christmas" (1653)...

Context

Location: 
[Unlocated]
Time of Occurrence: 
Christmas
Collective name: 
[Not given]

Source

Author: 
[Anon.]
Title: 
Vindication of Christmas
Publication: 
1653, pp.7-8

Cast

Father Christmas

Text

Father Christmas

Let's dance and sing, and make good chear,
For Christmas comes but once a year :
Draw hogsheads dry, let flagons fly,
For now the bells shall ring ;
Whilst we endeavor to make good
The title 'gainst a King.

Notes

Verse of what is described as a "carol". Variations of the initial couplet are found in folk plays, although it is in any case a commonplace saying.