The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

3yng Men, I Red That 3e Be War

Words and Music: Traditional English

Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #39, printed verbatim from a manuscript probably owned by a professional musician, and apparently written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, circa 1471-1485.

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In soro and car he led hys lyfe,
That have a schrow ontyll his wyfe.

3yng men, I red that 3e be war,
That 3e cum not in the snar;
For he is browt in meche car,
            That have a schrow onto his wyfe.

In a panter I am caute,
My fot his pennyd, I may not owt;
In sorow and car he his put,
            That have a schrow onto his wyf.

With a qwene 3yf that thou run,
Anon it is told into the town;
Sorow he hath both up and down,
            That have a schrow onto his wyf.

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