The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Game And Ernest Ever Among

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 #35, 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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    Syng we to the Trenite, with Parce mihi, Domine.

Game and earnest ever among,
    And among al othyr degre,
It is gud to thynke on my son,
            With parce mihi, Domine.

Qwan thou rysyst upon thi rest,
    Make a cross upon thi brest,
I make this song for no vanite,
            With parce mihi, Domine.

Go thou to the chyrche and her thi mes,
    And serve God with humilite;
Aske for3eveness of thi trespas,
            With parce mihi, Domine.

Qwan thou cumste home onto thi tabyll,
    Thou art servid with gret dignite;
Hold this song for no fabyll,
            With parce mihi, Domine.

Prey we bothe nyth and day
    The gret God in Trenite,
The henne God theche us the way,
            With parce mihi, Domine.

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