Notes from the arranger
This carol originated in the 1500s in the west of England, and it gives you pause for thought when you realise that it may well have been sung every Christmas for nearly 500 years—although the words “and a happy New Year” must have been added later, because for another couple of centuries the official date of the New Year was (bizarrely) in March. More explanations in the score! The melody (Harp 1) is fairly straightforward to play, though the other parts do require a little more dexterity. If you don’t have enough players for a 4-part ensemble, I’ve provided an additional part: “Alternative Single Harmony for Trio Version.” There are a few relatively easy lever or pedal changes in parts except the Melody.