Sunday, January 2, 2011

Noël! Noël! Noël! Noël!

And for those of us fallible sorts - or, those of us who still find such things hilarious because they are a bit shocking - Hilaire Belloc bellies up to the bar in The Four Men to give us this garrulous and tainted-by-the-Fall carol for this the Ninth Day of Christmas:

Noël! Noël! Noël! Noël!
A Catholic tale have I to tell!
And a Christian song have I to sing
While all the bells in Arundel ring.

I pray good beef and I pray good beer
This holy night of all the year,
But I pray detestable drink for them
That give no honor to Bethlehem.

May all good fellows that here agree
Drink Audit Ale in heaven with me
And may all my enemies go to hell!

Noël! Noël! Noël! Noël!
May all my enemies go to hell! Noël! Noël!

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