The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Enmy Herowde, thou wokkyd kyng

For the Epiphany

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 LXX, pp. 95-96.

Hostis Herodis impie, Christum venire quid times ? non erpit mortalia.

Enmy Herowde, thou wokkyd kyng,
Qwy dredes thou the of Cristes comyng ?
He dezyryt here non erthely thing,
That hevene ha3t at his 3evyng.

Ibant magi quam viderant stellam sequentes, premant lumen.

Thre kynges thei saw a sterre ful bry3t,
Thei folwyd it with al here my3t,
Bry3tnesse thei saw throw that ly3t,
Thei knewe God with here 3yftes ry3t.

Lavacra puri gurgitis selestis angnus attigit peccata . . . .non . . .

The welle ha3t waschyn us fro wo,
The lomb of hevene is comyn us to,
He that synne nevere wold do,
Ha3t waschyn clene our synnys us fro.

Novum genus potencie aque rubescunt idrie unum. . . .ine.

His my3t is chawngyd of newe maner,
The water wyx red in pecher ;
The water is turnyd to wyn ful cler,
Ageyn the kynde thow it were.

Gloria tibi, Domine, qui aperuisti hodie cum paire et sancto spiritu in sempiterna secula. Amen.

Lovyng Lord be to the ay,
That ha3t schewyd the to us this day,
With fader and holy gost veray,
That in the word never fayle may.

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