The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Blessed Be That Maid Mary

For Christmas

Words: English, 15th Century

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pp. 45-6.

Eia Jesus Hodie
Natus est de virgine

1. Blessed be that maid Mary,
Born He was of her body,
Godės Son that sitteth on high,
    Non ex virili semine.

2. In a manger of an ass,
Jesu lay and lullėd was,
Hardė painės for to pass,
    Pro peccante homine.

3. Kingės came fro divers land,
With great giftės in their hand,
In Bethlehem the Child they found,1
    Stelle ducti lumine.

4. Man and child, both old and ying,
Now in His blissful coming,2
To that Child may we sing,
    Gloria Tibi, Domine!

5. Nowell, nowell, in this hall,
Make merry, I pray you all
Unto the Child may we call,
    Ullo sine. crimine.


1. Or: There they found him in swaddling-bands. Return

2. Or: Do joy in his blissful coming. Return


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