Christmas now is drawing near at hand

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Christmas now is drawing near at hand

Roud 808


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version from Mr J. Thomas, Camborne, Cornwall

Mr J. Thomas, Camborne, Cornwall; noted by Cecil Sharp, May 9th 1913. Journal of the Folk-Song Society Vol V, No. 18 (1914) p7


  1. Christmas morn is drawing nigh at hand.
    Pray, saith the Lord, and be at His command;
    And God for you a portion will provide,
    And give a blessing to your soul beside.

  2. Remember man thou art made of clay.
    And in this world thou hast not long to stay;
    You patch and paint and dress in idle stuff,
    As if God had not made you well enough.

  3. This wicked world will never give consent,
    For all the blessings our dear Lord have sent;
    To meet our Lord it would be bad, you know,
    To be dressed up like players for a show


version from a Waggoner (name unknown), Pool-End, near Hereford

Sung by a Waggoner (name unknown), Pool-End, near Hereford, Herefordshire; noted by R. Vaughan Williams, Sept 1913. Journal of the Folk-Song Society Vol V, No. 18 (1914) p11


version from Mrs Reservoir Butler, Armscote, Worcestershire

Sung by Mrs Reservoir Butler, Armscote, Worcestershire; noted by Cecil Sharp, June 17th 1913. Journal of the Folk-Song Society Vol V, No 18 (1914), p9


version from Mrs Prudence Handy, Ilmington, Warwickshire

Sung by Mrs Prudence Handy (aged 67), Ilmington, Warwickshire, September 24th 1910. Collected by Cecil Sharp.

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