The Boar’s Head Carol is a macaronic 15th century English Christmas carol that describes the ancient tradition of sacrificing a boar and presenting its head at a Yuletide feast.
Boar’s Head Christmas Carol Lyrics :
Caput Apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino.
The boar’s head in hand bring I,
With garlands gay and rosemary;
I pray you all sing merrily,
Qui estis in convivio.
The boar’s head, I understand,
Is the chief service in this land;
Look wherever it be found.
Servite cum cantico.
Be glad, lords, both more or less,
For this hath ordained our steward
To cheer you all this Christmas,
The boar’s head with mustard.