The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Childing Of A Maiden Bright

Words (XIV Cent.) from Daniel's Thesaurus Hymnologicus. Melody (XI or XII Cent.), in the Dorian Mode, from a Palencia Antiphoner, harmonzed by Rev. G. H. Palmer

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1902, Revised and Expanded Edition 1929), Carol #3

1. Childing of a maiden bright
Life today hath brought to light;
And hath put that prince of might
With his flock of fiends to flight:
Christus natus hodie.

2. Whoso aught hath done amiss,
An it rue him sore for this,
Mary's Babe will shrive i-wis,
Gentle as a lamb He is:
Miserere, Domine.

3. He at Bethlehem was born,
Salem gave Him crown of thorn,
Life of want and death of scorn
All for love of man forlorn.
Ergo benedicite.

4. On this Infant may we call,
Born for man in oxen-stall:
He vouchsafe us bliss withal
In His everlasting hall.
Cum Maria Virgine.

Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1901, Revised and Expanded Edition), Carol #3
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Also found in G. R. Woodward, ed., The Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide (London: H. Grice, 1897), Carol #1, p. 9. The text was the same except:

Verse 3, line 1: He at Bethlehem is born

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