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THE BOAR'S HEAD
The Boar's Head is probably the oldest continuing festival
of the Christmas season.
This pageant is rooted in the 1300's when the boar was sovereign of the forest.
A ferocious beast and menace to humans it was hunted as a public enemy.
Like our thanksgiving turkey, roasted boar was a staple of medieval banquets.
As Christian beliefs overtook pagan customs in Europe, the presentation of a boar's head at Christmas came to symbolize the triumph of
the Christ Child over sin.
(Queens College Version, Oxford, England first published 1521)
The boar's head in hand bear I
Bedecked with bays and rosemary
I pray you, my masters, be merry
Quot estis in convivio (so many as are in the feast)
(the boar's head I bring, giving praises to God)
The boar's head, as I understand,
Is the rarest dish in all this land,
Which thus bedecked with a gay garland
Let us servire cantico.
(let us serve with a song)
Our steward hath provided this
In honor of the King of bliss
Which, on this day to be served is
In Reginensi atrio: (in the Queen's hall)