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“Ave, Maria,” Now Say We So

The Joys of Mary

Attributed to John Audelay

Et alia de Sancta Maria.

         “Ave, Maria,” now say we so,
         Moder and maydon was never non mo!

Gaude, Maria
, Cristis moder,
Maré, moder of thyn Emne,
Thou bare my Lord. Thou bare my Broder.
Thou bare a cumlé Child and clene.
Thou stodist ful stil, without wene,
When in thyn ere this erand was doo.
When gracious God thee lyght within,
                   Gabrielis nuncio.
         “Ave, Maria,” now say we so,
         Moder and maydon was never non mo!

Gaude, Maria, Y gret with grace.
When Jhesu, thi Sun, of thee was bore,
Fol nygh thi brest thou con him brace.
He secud. He soukid. He wept ful sore.
Thou fedist that Flour that never schal fade
With maydns melke, and sang therto:
“Lolay, my Swete! I bare thee, Babe,
                   Cum peudoris lilleo.”
         “Ave, Maria,” now say we so,
         Moder and maydon was never non mo!

Gaude, Maria, thi myght was away,
When Crist thi Son on cros con dye,
Ful dolfully on Good Fryday,
That moné a moder sone hit se.
His blod us boght fro care and strive.
His wateré wondis us waschid fro wo.
The thryd day fro deth to lyve,
                   Fulget resureccio!
         “Ave, Maria,” now say we so,
         Moder and maydon was never non mo!

Gaude, Maria, thou burd so bryght,
Breghter then the blossum that blomyth on the hill,
Ful joyful thou were to se seche a syght,
And al the postilis so swet of wil,
Fore, al and sum, thai stod ful stil,
When, fayrst of chap, he swond youe fro7 —
Fro erthe to heven he styud ful stil,
                   Motu fertur proprio.
         “Ave, Maria,” now say we so,
         Moder and maydon was never non mo!

Gaude, Maria, that Rose on ryse —
Moder and maid, gentil and fre,
Precious, perrles, princes of pes,
Thi boure is next the Trineté —
Thi Sun as Love al knon of kynd,
Thi bodé and soule he toke him to.
Thou restist with him ther, as we fynd,
                   In celi palacio.
         “Ave, Maria,” now say we so,
         Moder and maydon was never non mo!

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