A babe is born al of a may
Words and Music: Traditional English
(From MS. Sloan 2593, fol. 74, v0)
Source: Thomas Wright,
Specimens of Old Christmas
Carols Selected from Manuscripts and Printed Books (London: The Percy
Also found in William Sandys, Christmas-tide, Its History, Festivities and Carols, With Their Music (London: John Russell Smith, 1852), p. 226.
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Nowel el el el, now is wel that evere was woo.
A babe is born al
of a may,
In the savasyoun of us,
To hem we syngyn bothe nyõht and day,
Veni creator spiritus.
At Bedlem that
The chyld of blysse born he was,
Hymn to serve, go õeve us gras,
O lux beata trinitas.
Ther come thre
kynges out of the est,
To worchepoe the kyng that is so fre,
With gold and myrre and francincens,
A solis ortus cardine.
The herdes herdyn
an aungele cry,
A merye song then sungyn he,
Qwy arn õe so sore a-gast?
Jam ortus solis cardine.
The aungele comyn
doun with on cry,
A fayr song then syngyn he,
In the worchepe of that chyld,
Gloria tibi, Domine.
Also found in Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (London: Printed by Richards for The Warton Club, 1856), Hymn LVII, pp. 79-80.
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