Boar’s Head Carol

Lyrics - English & Latin

(Traditional Old English carol)

1. 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.
Caput apri defero,
Reddens laudes Domino.
2. The boar’s head, I understand
Is the rarest dish in all the land.
Which thus bedecked with a garland,
Let us servire cantico.  Refrain
3. Our steward hath provided this
In honor of the King of bliss,
Which on this day now served is,
In Reginensi atrio.  Refrain

English Translation of Latin Lyrics

How many are there at the party?
I bring the boar’s head
Giving praise to the Lord.
Let us serve canticle.  Refrain
In the court of Regina.  Refrain

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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