The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Almyghty Kyng of Blys

For Christmas and Epiphany

Words: Advocates' Library, Ms. Jac. V. 7, 27

Music: Not Stated

Source: W.B.D.D. Turnbull, The Visions of Tundale (Edinburgh: Thomas G. Stevenson, 1843), pp. 139-140.

The Incarnation

The Almyghty Kyng of blys
Assumpsit carnem virginis
As holy kyrke makys mynd
Intravit ventris thalamum
From heyuyh to erthe to saue monkynd
Pater misit filium
Of Marye mylde Cryste wolde be borne
Sine virili semine
To saue monkynd that was forlorne
Prime parentis crimine
To Mare came a messengere
Ferens salutem homini
Sche answered hym with myld chere
Ecce ancilla Domini
Mekely on the thow Holy Goste
Palacium intrans uteri
Of althyng meknes is moste
In conspectu Altissimi
When he was borne that made all thyng
Pastor creator omnium
Angellis thei began to syng
Veni redemptor gencium
Thre kyngis come on gud xij day
Stella mycante pervia
To seche that chylde thei toke tho way
Portantes sibi munera
A sterne forth ladde theis kyngis all
Inquirentes Dominum
Lyyng in a nasse stall
Invenerunt puerum
For he was kyng of kyngis heghe
Rex primus aurum optulit
And allso lorde and kyng full ryght
Secundus rex thus pertulit
For he was God mon and kyng
Mirra mortem retulit
He hus all to heuyn bryng
Qui mortem cruce voluit

Editor's Note:

The editor of the source volume noted:

"The manuscript whence these Visions of Tundale and the remaining articles are selected, is a small 4tv volume of the 15th century, preserved in the Advocates' Library, (Jac. V. 7, k7,), consisting of 216 folios."

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