The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Herfore, and therfor, and therfor I came

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 #4, 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.

Herfore, and therfor, and therfor I came,
And for to preysse this praty woman.
Ther wee ijj wylly, 3te wyly ther wer;
A fox, a fryyr, and a woman.
Ther wer 3 angry, 3 angry ther wer:
A wasp, a wesyll, and a woman.
Ther wer cheteryng, iij. cheteryng ther wer:
A peye, a jaye, and a woman.
Ther wer 3 wold be betyn, 3 wold be betyn ther wer:
A myll, a stoke fysche, and a woman.

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