Adam lay ybounden
Words and Music:
Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), Page # 163
Adam lay ybounden, Bounden in a bond; Four thousand winter Thought he not too long. And all was for an apple, An apple that he took, As clerkės finden written In their book. Nor had one apple taken been, The apple taken been, Then had never Our Lady A-been heaven's queen. Blessed be the time That apple taken was. Therefore we may singen Deo gratias!
Versions of this carol on this web site include:
Adam lay i-bowndyn (Wright, 1856)
Adam lay ybounden (Rickert) (This Page)
Adam lay ibounden (Chambers & Sidgwick)