The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ffayre Maydyn Who Is This Barne

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional from the Balliol Ms. 354, the Richard Hill Common-place Book
Compare: Who This Babe, Oh ! Maiden Fair (Weston)

Music: Not Stated

Source: Ewald Flügel, ed., “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders Aus Der Zeit Heinrichs VIII. III. 6. Die lieder des Balliol Ms. 354,” in Eugen Einenkel, ed., Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie enthaltend Beitrage zur Geschlicht der englischen Sprache und Literatur. Band XXVI. (Halle: Max Niemeyer, 1903), Carol XXXVI, p. 189, fol. 177b.

Mater ora filium,
vt post hoc exilium,
nobis donet gaudium,
beatorum omnium!

1] ffayre maydyn who is this barne,
that you beriste in thyn arme?
Sir, it is a kynges sone,
that In hevyn a bove doth wonne!
        mater ora &c.

2] Man to fader he hath none,
but hym self god alone,
of a maydyn he wold be borne
to save mankynd yat was forlorne!
        mater ora &c.

3] The kynges browght hym presens,
gold, myrre, & frankynsens.
To my son füll of myght
kynge of kynges & lorde of myght.
        mater ora &c.

4J ffayre maydyn, pray for vs
vnto thy son swet Ihesus,
yat he will send vs of his grace,
In hevyn on high to haue a place!
        mater ora &c.

Editor's Notes.

Also see: Roman Dyboski, ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from the Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. Early English Text Society Extra Series No. CI (London: Published for the Early English Text Society by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1907, issued in 1908), "Fayre Maydyn, Who Is This Barn," Carol #2, p. 2.

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