“Levy-Dew”, also known as “A New Year Carol” and “Residue”, is a British folk song of Welsh origin traditionally sung in New Year celebrations.
It is associated with a New Year’s Day custom involving sprinkling people with water newly drawn from a well. The song was set to music by Benjamin Britten in 1934.
The meaning of the words ‘levy-dew’ in the original lyrics of the song is not certainly known. One line of speculation holds that the words represent the Welsh phrase llef y Dduw, “a cry to God”. Others connect it to Middle English levedy, ‘”lady”, or to the French phrase levez à Dieu, “raise to God”, which may in turn refer to the elevation of the Host in Christian liturgy.
Please find below Lyrics, Video, Mp3 Download of this New Year Carol Song.
Levy-Dew – A New Year Carol Lyrics :
Here we bring new water from the well so clear,
For to worship God with, this happy New Year.
Sing levy-dew, sing levy-dew, the water and the wine,
The seven bright gold wires and the bugles that do shine.
Sing reign of Fair Maid, with gold upon her toe;
Open you the West Door and turn the Old Year go.
Sing reign of Fair Maid, with gold upon her chin;
Open you the East Door and let the New Year in.
Levy-Dew – A New Year Carol Video :
Levy-Dew – A New Year Carol Mp3 Download :
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