The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A woman a mayd in thought and deede


Come to Bethleem and ye shall se

A caroll of the byrth of Chryst

Source: Edward Bliss Reed, ed., Christmas Carols Printed in the 16th Century Including Kele's Christmas Carolles Newly Inprynted. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1932).

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Middle English; retyped in "Old Blackletter:" Come to Bethlehem and Ye Shall Se

Come to Bethleem and ye shall se
Puer natus est hodie.

A woman a mayd in thought and deede
A fayrer with eyen myght no man see
With her vgin paps her babe did fede
    Puer natus est hodie.

The chyldes name is called Jesus
Gabryel sayde it shulde so be
Joye we togyther and syng we thus
    Puer natus est hodie.

To make vs rych, pore was he than
With mekenes and humylytie
Doutles he is bothe god and man
    Puer natus est hodie.

Kynges and prynces of this dyd here
Togyther they came a mayden to see
Lullyng her babe her blessed son dere
    Puer natus est hodie.

Now (damage) olysful mayde ye bare ye byrthe
Pray to thy son that we may hym se

(Concluding stanzas missing from source)

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