This carol gets at the heart of Advent - Christmas is coming, but just for now, rest. Morning, and with it Christmas, is on the way.
Past three o'clock, and a cold frosty morning,
Past three o'clock, good morrow masters all.
Born is the baby, gentle as may be
Son of the eternal Father supernal,
Sereph choir singeth, angel bell ringeth
hark how they rhyme it, time it and chime it!
Hinds o'er the pearly dewy lawn early,
Seek the high stranger laid in the manger.
Cheese from the dairy bring they for Mary
And, not for money, butter and honey
Thus they, I pray you, up sirs, nor stay you
'Til ye confess him likewise, and bless him.