Carol For St. Stephen's Day
See: Hymns to St Stephen
Music: English Traditional
From the Sloane MS. 2593 in the British Museum.
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See notes in F A Q
1. Seÿt steuene was a clerk ï kÿg herowds halle,
and seruyd hï of bred and cloþ, as euõ kÿg be falle.
2. Steuÿ out of kechon cä wt boris hed ö honde,
He saw a sterr' was fayr and bryzt ouõ bedlë stöde;
3. He kyst a doü þe bors and went into þe
I for sak þe kÿg herowds and þi werks alle;
4. I forsak þe kÿg herowds and
þi werks alle;
þõ is a chyd in bedlë born is betõ þan we alle.
5. Qut eyleyt þe steuen, qut
is þe be falle?
Lakkyt þe eyþõ mete or drynk in kyng herowds halle?
6. Lakit me neyþõ mete ne drynk ï kÿg herowds
þõ is a chyld in bedlë born is betõ þä we alle.
7. Qut eylyt þe steuÿ, art
yu wod or yu gÿnyst to brede?
Lakkyt þe eyþõ gold or fe, or ony ryche wede?
8. Lakyt me neyþõ gold or fe, ne nö riche wede,
þõ is a chyd in bedlë born xal helpÿ vs at oõ nede.
9. þt is al so soþ, steuÿ, al so soþ,
Al þis capon crowe xal þt lyth her in mÿ dych.
10. þt word was not so sone seyd, þt
word ï þt halle,
þe capon crew xps nats est a mong þe lords alle.
11. Rysyt vp mÿ turmëtowrs be to and al be
and ledt steuÿ out of þis town, and stont hÿ wt ston.
12. Tokÿ he steuene and stonyd hÿ in þe way,
and þõ for is his euÿ on crysts owÿ day.
This carol [is] from Sloane MS. 2593. (temp. Hen. VI); this ... carol [is] also printed in Ritson's Ancient Songs.
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