As I lay upon a nyȝt
Words and Music: English Traditional
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Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (London: Printed by Richards for The Warton Club, 1856), Hymn LXIV, pp. 88-89.
Alma Redemptoris mater.
As I lay upon a nyȝt,
My thowt was on a mayde bryȝt
That men callyn Mary of myȝt,
To here cam Gabriel so bryȝt,
And seyde, "Heyl, Mari, ful of myȝt,
To be cald thou art adyȝt
After that word that mayde bryȝt
Anon conseyvyd God of myȝt,
And tlierby wyst men that che hyȝt,
Ryȝt as the sunne schynit in glas,
So Jhesu in his moder was,
And therby wyst man that che was hyȝt
Now is born that babe of blys,
And qwen of hevene is moder is ;
And therfore think me that che is
After to hevene he tok his flyȝt,
And ther he sit with his fader of myȝt,
With hym is crownyd that lady bryȝt,
Alma Redemptoris Mater means “Loving Mother of our Saviour.” It is one of four Latin Marian antiphons sung during the Daily Office; the other three are Ave Regina cælorum, the Regina cœli and the Salve Regina. For the Latin and English texts, see Alma Redemptoris Mater (at EWTN) and Alma Redemptoris Mater at the Marion Library. For general information, including texts, see Alma Redemptoris Mater at Wikipedia.
Versions of this song on this web site:
As I Lay Up On A Night (Chambers and Sidgwick), Trinity College, Cambridge, with notes
As I Lay Upon A Night (Fuller Maitland, ca. 1891), identified as Trinity College, Cambridge; with notes & sheet music
As I Lay Upon A Night (#174) (Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols), Selden B26
As I Lay Upon a Night (#189) (Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols), Trinity College, Cambridge
As I lay upon a ny3t (Wright, 1856), Sloane MS. 2593 [this page]
As Y Lay Vpon A Ny3t-Padelford (Padelford in Anglia XXXVI), Selden B26 and 3 other Manuscripts (Sloane, Balliol and Trinity) in Middle English.
As I Me Lay On A Nyght (Flügel in Anglia XXVI), Balliol 354
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