Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls  (1862) 
by Thomas Oliphant

"Deck the Halls" first appeared in John Thomas' Welsh Melodies, 1862 as an English version of the traditional Welsh carol "Nos Galan". However, the song was not a translation from the Welsh, but rather new lyrics composed by Oliphant.

Piano solo of Deck the Halls (help | file info or download)
Alternate version for Deck the Halls. Two violins, viola and violoncello (help | file info or download)

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.
Fill the meadcup, drain the barrel,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Troul the ancient Christmas carol,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

See the flowing bowl before us,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
While I sing of beauty's treasure,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Laughing, quaffing all together,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.