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O You merry, merry Souls,
Christmas is a coming,
We shall have flowing Bowls,
Dancing, piping, drumming.

Delicate Minced Pies,
To feast every Virgin,
Capon and Goose likewise,
Brawn and a Dish of Sturgeon.

Then for your Christmas Box.
Sweet Plumb Cakes and Money,
Delicate Holland Smocks,
Kisses sweet as Honey.

Hey for the Christmas Ball,
Where we shall be jolly,
Jigging short and tall,
Kate, Dick, Ralph, and Molly.

Then to the Hop we’ll go,
Where we’ll jig and caper,
Maidens all-a-row,
Will shall pay the Scraper.

Hodge shall dance with Prue,
Keeping Time with Kisses
We’ll have a jovial Crew,
Of sweet smirking Misses.

– from:  Christmas Entertainments.  Originally published in 1740.  London.

Notes:  flowing bowls refers to a punch bowl.  Capon is a rooster that was castrated as a chick so as to render his flesh tender and flavorful.  Brawn is boar’s flesh.

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