From Christmasse Carolles (London: Wynkyn de Worde, 1521). This is a macaronic 15th Century English Christmas carol describing the ancient tradition of sacrificing a boar and presenting its head at a Yuletide feast. The Boar’s Head Feast continues at Queen’s College at Oxford University. William Henry Husk (1814–1887), Librarian to the Sacred Harmonic Society, writes about the tradition in his 1868 Songs of the Nativity Being Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern:
Queen’s College celebrates the tradition by three chefs bringing a boar’s head into the hall, with a procession of a solo singer who sings the first verse, accompanied by torch bearers and followed by a choir. The procession stops during verses and walks during the chorus. The head is placed on the high table, and the Provost distributes the herbs to the choir and the orange from the boar’s mouth to the solo singer.
Medieval carol (🔊 pdf nwc).