The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Virgin Most Purely

For Christmas

Words and Music: English Traditional
Roud Number: 1378

Source: Broadside Douce adds. 137(45) (Bod24362 at the Bodleian Library)

Printed by Watson, Printer, Jamaica row, Birmingham:
Where may be had a great variety of Carols, Songs, Histories &c.
Handwritten: 1826.

See: In Bethlehem City - Notes

Carol I. A Virgin most purely, as Prophets do tell

1. A Virgin most purely, as Prophets do tell,
Should bring forth our Saviour, and now its befel,
To be our Redeemer from death, hell and sin;
It was Adam's trransgression that has wrapt us in.

Rejoice and be merry, set sorrow aside
Christ Jesus our Saviour was born on this tide.

2. In Bethlehem city; in Judea it were,
And Joseph and Mary together were there;
And there to be taxed with Mary once more,
'Twas Caesar commanded the same should be so.
        Rejoice, &c.

3. And when they had enter'd the city so far,
A number of people together were there,
But Joseph and Mary whose substance was small,
Could get in the inn no lodging at all.
        Rejoice, &c.

4. There were they constrain'd in a stable to be,
Where horses and asses with them they did tie,
Their lodging being simple they thought it no scorn,
While she lay a mourning the blessed Prince was born.
        Rejoice, &c.

5. The King of Glory o the world being brought,
Small store of fine linen to wrap him was sought,
And when she had swaddled her young son so sweet,
Then in a horse manger they laid him to sleep.
        Rejoice, &c.

6. Then God sent his Angels from heaven so high
To certain poor shepherds who in the field did be,
And bid them no longer in sorrow to stay,
Christ Jesus our Saviour was born on that day.
        Rejoice, &c.

7. Then presently after the shepherds did spy,
A number of angels standing in the sky,
Who joyfully talked and sweetly did sing,
To the God be all glory our heavenly king.
        Rejoice, &c.

Broadside Douce Adds. 137(45)

Douce adds. 137(45) - Christmas Carols, Watson, Printer: 5 carols
Carol I. A Virgin most purely, as Prophets to befel
Carol II. Christmas now is drawing near at hand
Carol III. While Shepherds watch their Flocks by night
Carol IV. To Adam thus Jehovah spake
Carol V. Rejoice and be merry, set sorrow aside

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Note:

Source is the Broadside Douce adds. 137(45); the Bodleian Library number is Bod24362. The title is Christmas Carols | The Virgin Unspotted (link is to the broadside sheet at the Bodleian Library). The printer is Watson, Printer, Jamaica row, Birmingham: "Where may be had a great variety of Carols, Songs, Histories &c." There was a handwritten note of the date: "1826."

This was carol #1 of 5. The fifth carol is the related "Rejoice And Be Merry - Douce adds. 137(45)." The other three carols are:

Carol II. Christmas now is drawing near at hand.

Carol III. While Shepherds watch their Flocks by night

Carol IV. To Adam thus Jehovah spake --

The broadsides containing this carol on this website, with slightly different lyrics, include:

And see: A Virgin Most Pure - Sandys, 1833 and In Bethlehem City - R.V. Williams.

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