New Year

Music: Trad. arr. Jennifer Bell, Words: Anon

Voicing: SAA

Performance time approx: 1m 40s

Range S: b – d'' / A1: b – b' / A2: b – g'

Price code: B


This piece is part of the set "Three Christmas songs".

The set also includes:

This traditional carol for New Year’s Day dates from at least as early as the 17th century. The lyrics combine calls for celebration and festivity with resolutions for a fresh start, free of “evil thoughts and wicked sin.”

In this arrangement, the pim pim lines lend the flavour of instrumental accompaniment, while the tune goes in and out of unison and strong two-part harmony. Further verses can be found online at www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com

The old year now away is fled,
The new year it is enterèd,
Then let us now our sins down-tread,
And joyfully all appear.
Let's merry be this day,
And let us now both sport and play.
Hang sorrow, cast cares away,
God send us a happy New Year!

And now with New Year's gifts each friend
Unto the other they do send.
God grant we may all our lives amend,
And that the truth may appear.
Now, like the snake, your skin
Cast off of evil thoughts and sin,
And so the year begin:
God send us a happy New Year!


Card ImageChristmas, midwinter, New Year

New Year

Jennifer Bell


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