The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Conception Of Christ

Words: English Traditional, Before 1567
Ane Compendious Buik of Godlie and Spirituall Sangis.


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Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pp. 38-40.

1. Let us rejoice and sing
And praise that michty King,
Whilk sent His Son of a virgin bricht.

2. And on Him tuke our vile nature,
Our deadly woundės to cure,
Mankind to hold in richt.

3. Saint Luke writes in his gospel,
God sent His angel Gabriel
Unto that virgin but1 defame,

4. For to fulfil the prophecy,
Was spousit with Joseph free;
Marie she had to name.

5. Thir words to her he did rehearse,
"Hail, Mary, full of grace,
The Lord God is with thee!"

6. "Thou blessed virgin mild,
Thou sall conceive ane Child,
The people redeem sall He."

7. "Whose power and great micht
Sall be in Godės sicht,
Whilk from the Fader of micht is sent."

8. "Jesus His name ye call
Whilk sall be prince over all,
His Kingdom sall have name end."

9. Than spake that virgin free,
"Behold, how sall this be,
Seeing I know na man?"

10. Than said the angel chaste,
"By the power of the Haly Ghaist,
Whilk all thing work He can."

11. "Elizabeth thy cousin also
Six moneth with child can go,
At whose birth great joy sall bew."

12. "Call him John," says the angel bricht,
Whilk is sent by Godės micht,
The Lordės way prepare sall he."


1. Without Return

Rickert's Note at page 150:

"This was probably written by John Wedderburn, whose name is especially associated with the Reformation in Scotland. Its interest lies chiefly in its introduction of a lullaby refrain into the Annunciation episode."

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