In Praise of Christmas Song Lyrics

Loreena McKennitt


album: Track 1 in album To Drive the Cold Winter Away
release date: 1987
popularity : 39 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Celtic/Ethereal
length: 6:06
vocal: Loreena McKennitt
viola da gamba: Shannon Purves-Smith
accordion & harp: Loreena McKennitt

Album Information

label: Quinlan Road
country(area): Canada
format: CD
barcode: 774213221025
script: Latin

Cover Art

Loreena McKennitt To Drive the Cold Winter Away cover art


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All hail to the days that merit more praise
Than all the rest of the year,
And welcome the nights that double delights
As well for the poor as the peer!
Good fortune attend each merry man's friend
That doth but the best that he may,
Forgetting old wrongs with carols and songs
To drive the cold winter away.

Tis ill for a mind to anger inclined
To think of small injuries now,
If wrath be to seek, do not lend her your cheek
Nor let her inhabit thy brow.
Cross out of thy books malevolent looks,
Both beauty and youth's decay,
And wholly consort with mirth and sport
To drive the cold winter away.

This time of the year is spent in good cheer
And neighbours together do meet,
To sit by the fire, with friendly desire,
Each other in love to greet.
Old grudges forgot are put in the pot,
All sorrows aside they lay,
The old and the young doth carol this song,
To drive the cold winter away.

When Christmas's tide comes in a like a bride,
With holly and ivy clad,
Twelve days in the year much mirth and good cheer
In every household is had.
The country guise is then to devise
Some gambols of Christmas play,
Whereat the young men do the best that they can
To drive the cold winter away.


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 In Praise of Christmas
  • 2 The Seasons
  • 3 The King
  • 4 Banquet Hall
  • 5 Snow
  • 6 Balulalow
  • 7 Let Us the Infant Greet
  • 8 The Wexford Carol
  • 9 The Stockford Carol
  • 10 Let All That Are to Mirth Inclined