Deck the hall (Traditional)

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See also -The Christmas Songbook -Deck the halls (Charles Wood)

  • (Posted 2017-11-22)   CPDL #47663:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Simple SATB arrangement. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #18230:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif
Editor: M. Ryan Taylor (submitted 2008-11-09).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arrangement for SATB choir with optional kazoos. Files recovered using the WayBackMachine of
  • CPDL #07040:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • CPDL #04451:  Network.png PDF file available.
Editor: Stefan Karpiniec (submitted 2003-01-03).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: arranged by Stefan Karpiniec.
  • CPDL #03660:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files available.
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2002-06-11).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 19 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer
  • CPDL #01683:  Network.png GIF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: Personal
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  • CPDL #00502:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-11-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 19 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Deck the Hall
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: The Franklin Square Song Collection (1881)

Description: The traditional Welsh tune is also known as NOS GALAN

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Original text and translations

Deck the hall

CPDL #'s 00502, 01683, 03660, 04451, 7040, & 18230 all set the following verses:

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Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la, la, la.
'Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la, la, la.
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la, la, la.
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol,
Fa la la la la, la la, la, la.

See the blazing Yule before us, (fa la la…)
Strike the harp and join the chorus, (fa la la…)
Follow me in merry measure, (fa la la…)
While I tell of Yuletide treasure, (fa la la…)

Fast away the old year passes, (fa la la…)
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, (fa la la…)
Sing we joyous all together, (fa la la…)
Heedless of the wind and weather, (fa la la…)

Soon the hoar old year

This version (c. 1873) by J. Oxenford purports to be a translation of the Welsh lyrics:

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Soon the hoar old year must leave us, (fa la la…)
But the parting must not grieve us (fa la la…)
When the new year comes tomorrow (fa la la…)
Let him find no trace of sorrow (fa la la…)

He our pleasures may redouble, (fa la la…)
He may bring us store of trouble, (fa la la…)
Hope the best and gaily meet him, (fa la la…)
With a jovial chorus greet him, (fa la la…)

At his birth, he brings us gladness, (fa la la…)
Ponder not on future sadness, (fa la la…)
Anxious care is now but folly, (fa la la…)
Fill the mead-cup, hand the holly, (fa la la…)