The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

For a man that is almost blynd

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 #17, 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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A good medyeyn for sor eyen.

For a man that is almost blynd
Let hym go barhed all day ageyn the wynd,
    Tyll the so3ne be sette;

And than wrap hym in a cloke,
And put hymn in a hows full of smoke
    And loke that every hol be well shett.

And whan hys eyen bewgyne to rope,
Fyll hem full of brymston and sope,
    And hyll hym well and warme.

And yf he se not by the next mone,
As well as mydny3t as at none,
    I schal lese my ry3t arme.

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