The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Holy Wrytt Sayth No Thyng Sother

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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 #24, 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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    I pray 3ow all with hert and thou3t,
    Amend me and peyer me nou3t.

Holy wyrtt sayth no thyng souther,
That no man shuld apeyer other,
Sythen I am in God thi broder,
    Amend me and peyer me nou3t.

This in the Gospell ych man may se,
If thi broder trespace to the,
Betwen 3ow to corectyd he be;
    Amend me, etc.

If thou se I do gretly amys,
And no man wott butt thou of this,
Make it not so yl as it is;
    Amend me, etc.

Apoeyer no man with thi word,
Nether in ernest ne in bord;
Lat thi tong, that is thy swert;
    Amend me, etc.

Lok that thou no man defame,
Ne apeyer no mans fame,
Ry3t as thou woldest have the same.
    Amend me, etc.

Now to amend God 3yffe us grace,
Of repentans and very space,
And in hevyn to se hys face
          Wher all thyng amend and peyer nou3th.

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