The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Adam lay ibounden

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional from the Slone Ms. 2593

Music: Not Stated

Source: E. K. Chambers and F. Sidgwick, eds., Early English Lyrics (London: A. H. Bullen, 1907),  Hymn #L, p. 102.

Adam lay ibounden,
    Bounden in a bond ;
Four thousand winter
    Thoght he not too long ;
And all was for an appil, 5
    An appil that he tok,
As clerkes finden
    Wreten in here book.
Ne hadde the appil take ben,
    The appil taken ben, 10
Ne hadde never our lady
    A ben hevene quene.
Blessed be the time
    That appil take was.
Therefore we moun singen 15
    ' Deo gracias. '


8 here, their.

15 moun, may.

Versions of this carol  on this web site include:

Notes to Hymn #L, p. 348.

Slone 2593. Printed Wright, W.C., 32; Archiv, cix, 51 ; Wülcker, ii. 7. See Sidgwick, ii. 123.

Written in eight lines in the MS., with stops to show breaks. In 7-8 the division is marked after ‘wretyn’.

The expanded citations are:

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