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S1 What Ho?
S2 Arise, arise!! My Lord & Lady approach.
S2A For in this hall we do resort.
S2B Resort for many a day.
S3 Good evening all ye gentle folk
from places near and far.
S4 The spirit that so long ago swept
o'er the world like fire,
S5 So enter now and take your ease.
Enjoy the drama within.
S6 What ho? Let us begin.
S7 Chambermaids & Stewards
* * * Brass Fanfare * * *
(10-12 minutes as guests enter hall)
S8 Welcome merry gentlemen &
S9 We bid you to enjoy these festivities
S10 Attention lords and ladies of
far & near,
* * * A GREAT AND MIGHTY WONDER
* * *
S12 Of a Babe born in a stall.
* * * MASTERS IN THIS HALL * * *
S12A Lords & Ladies of this Court, I have noticed we have in our midst a special guest from afar. Ladies/Lords of the Court, would you please escort Lord/Lady _____________ to our center court. (To Honored Guest) Please kneel.
Lord/Lady ___________, we welcome you to our court. (FOR LADY GUESTS: Your beauty & charm has proceeded you throughout the lands. We rejoice in your presence. FOR MEN GUESTS: We honor your triumphs and rejoice in your return). I dub you SIR/LADY _____________ of Nottingham. Rise SIR/LADY _________________. Let us welcome thee.
S13A Welcome SIR/LADY _______________!
S14A Let us continue with the celebration.
S13 Before we feast, we thank our
God for friends and loved ones dear,
S14 Our heads we bow, our
hands we fold, our hearts we offer as of old
* * * DOXOLOGY * * *
S15 The stewards doth bring the
wassail bowl to keep our spirits bright
* * * Brass Fanfare * * *
(5 minutes as wassail is poured)
S16 I beg a toast - a toast is in order - let us all stand and toast to this festive occasion.
S17 This winter's night with frosty
snow has yet a nippy chill
S19 A toast! What Ho! We give to
you a cheer that never fails.
* * * GLOUCESTERSHIRE WASSAIL * * *
S21 One final toast . . .Wassail - to your health - may success & good fortune be with you all!
* * * HAPPY HOLIDAYS * * *
S23 Bring on the soups, cooked meat
and pudding aflame,
S24 The new Yule log awaits to light
the new year
* * * We Wish You A Merry Christmas * * *
S25 Before you eat, instructions
in table manners we'd make clear.
S26 Good lords and ladies, raised
on a dais so high
* * * TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS * * *
S27 So let us eat, drink, and be merry!
* * * Brass Fanfare * * *
(5 minutes of brass - 10 minutes
of harpsichord/recorder - strolling minstrel)
S28 Even now by the fire, the stewards
S29 Behold the boar! The head does come bedecked so merrily. . .
S30 Come, good friends, hurry forth! Hold it high so all may see!
* * * THE BOAR'S HEAD CAROL * * *
S31 So drink and be merry. Prepare
for a feast of delight
* * * Brass Fanfare* * *
(5 minutes of brass while main course
is being served)
S33 My good lord, with the feast being over. I do think our guests have enjoyed themselves.
S34 My dear, you are right although I fear that some our guests have enjoyed themselves too much. . . especially the food!
S35 I fear so also, my lord. Some of them have been heard guzzling, munching, and worst of all...chomping!!
S36 I heard them asking to pass the salt and the pepper and the mustard and the vinegar... (Everyone react out loud in disgust)
S37 And, sire, someone even had a fly in his soup! (Everyone gasp) Not to worry, sire...it did not eat much.
S38 And he did not need a doctor. (All look relieved)
S39 But finally, sire, I must tell you, someone in the audience even... (cuts off and whispers in the lord's ear.... the lord reacts.... he whispers to the lady... she gasps)
* * *THE BANQUET FUGUE* * *
S40 Such a delightful meal.
Did you hear about my lovely little white hen. She is beautiful with her
fluffy white feathers. She looks for food, for golden grain.
S41 But she cackles too much!
S42 She looks for food, for golden grain and lays such perfect eggs.
S43 But she makes too much noise!
* * *THE LITTLE WHITE HEN ***
S42 Now rest thy forks
awhile, I pray, you seated in the hall.
S43 Sung by chambermaids,
masters, stewards and dames
Allow us to sing for our friends so dear
S45 In Catalonia villages
on Christmas Eve
S45A Come O tiny Child. Come
into our hears as we prepare to meet thee.
S45B Let all the earth
* * * COME O TINY CHILD * * *
S46 Ding dong merrily on high
in heaven the bells are ringing.
S46A Pray you dutifully prime your
matin chime ye ringers.
S46B Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis
* * * DING, DONG MERRILY ON HIGH ***
S47 Many ancient prophets
told that He would come
S47A Let's no longer tarry our love
and faith to give
S47B O Great mystery, may you safely
* * * RIU RIU CHIU * * *
S48 Hark how the bells,
sweet silver bells
S48A Christmas is here, bringing
* * * CAROL OF THE BELLS* * *
S49 Ladies and gents of this
S50 It's been a time since
last you ate, so bring dessert in here.
S51 Oh ho! Now I do
see; It's the pudding so grand!
* * * Brass Fanfare * * *
S52 When gentle Shakespeare strolled the Stratford lanes, and country folk danced on the village Madrigals were sung. And William Byrd, who wrote "Psalms, Sonnets, Songs", these seasons gave why everyone, he thought, should learn to sing:
S53 First, it is a knowledge easily taught and quickly learned where there is a good master and an apt scholar. Second, the exercise of singing is delightful to Nature and good to preserve the health of men.
S54 Third, it doth strengthen all parts of the breast and doth open the pipes. It is a singular good remedy for the stuttering and stammering of the speech. It is the best means to procure a perfect pronounciation and to make a good orator.
S55 It is the only way to know where Nature hath bestowed the benefit of a good voice, which is so rare as there is not one among a thousand that hath it, and in many that excellent gift is lost because they want the art to express Nature.
S56 There is not any music of instruments whatsoever comparable to that which is made of the voices of men. Where the voices are good and the same well sorted and ordered.
S57 The better the voice is, the better it is to honor and serve God therewith; and the voice of man is chiefly to be employed to that end.
S58 Tonight good friends,
we welcome you to join our Christmas cheer.
S59 Of the Father's love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be
* * * OF THE FATHER'S LOVE BEGOTTEN * * *
S60 Rejoice!!! All in
one accord to the Son of God our Lord
* * * PSALLITE * * *
S61 A Christ Child is born
of the Virgin Mary
* * * GAUDETE* * *
S62 Let us sing! Let
us celebrate this festive day.
* * * WE SHEPHERDS SING * * *
S63 Advent time is coming
to a lonely house
S63A This gift is the kind
of gift that
* * * ADVENTSTID * * *
S64 How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given
* * * O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM * * *
S64A Welcome all to the stable.
See the newborn king.
* * * COME TO THE STABLE * * *
S65 Attention, lords &
ladies, the entertainment you have planned
S66 Do watch, good folk, for
dancing now they'll do.
S67 To places, then singers, rise
up on thy feet,
* * * Harpsichord music * * *
(Play music until all have found their places)
* * * PAVANNE * * *
S68 Our gratitude go
to you on your talent and grace you have shown
S69 The feast is o'er, the
hour is late. We must go. No longer can we stay
S70 Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
* * * GLORIA PATRI * * *
S71 We singers of the madrigals and all who made the feast.
S72 Wish you a Merry Christmas, from the eldest to the least.
S73 And we add our sincere wishes that your New Year may be bright.
S74 AND BID YOU ADD OUR VOICES AS WE CLOSE WITH SILENT NIGHT!!
* * * SILENT NIGHT * * *
(When all singers have left hall and have ended in a moment of silence - then 15 minutes of Brass Music as singers and servers join in hallway for greeting of the guests)