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Traditional Welsh air for New Year's dances, originally titled "Nos Galan" (English: "New Year's Eve"). It was played on a harp with dancers circling around who would improvise lyrics in a game.
But the song is widely known for its English title "Deck the Hall(s)" and has become a Christmas standard.
While this tune is thought to date from as early as the 16th Century, it was first found (untitled) in John Parry’s manuscript "Twelve Airs for One and Two Guitars" (1781). It was then published in "Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards" by Edward Jones (1784) titled "Nos Galan" (English: "New Year's Eve"). Welsh lyrics were added still later.
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