The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Gabriel From Heaven King

For The Annunciation

Words: Angelus Ad Virginem, Anonymous 13th or 14th Century Latin

MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / Sheet Music
Meter: 77 77 88 11 6 7 6

1. Gabriel, from Heaven-King
    Sent to the Maide sweete,
Brout hir blisful tidings
    And fiar he gan he greete:
'Heil be thu, gull of grace aright!
For Godes Son, this Heven-Light
    For mannes love
    Will man bicome
    And take Fles of thee,
    Maide Bright,
    Manken free for to make
    Of sen and devles might.

2. Mildelich him gan andswere
    The milde Maid thanne:
'Wichewise sold ich bere
    A child withute manne?'
Th'angel hir seid: 'Ne dred tee nout;
Thurw th'Oligast sal bewen iwrout
    This ilche thing
    Warof tiding
    Ich bringe;
    Al manken wurth ibout
    Thurw thing sweet childinge
    And Ut of pine ibrout.'

3. Wan the Maiden understood
    And th'angels wordes herde,
Mildelich, with milde mood,
    To th'angel hie andswerde:"'
'Ure Lords thewe maid iwis
Ich am, that heer aboven is;
    Anentis me
    Fulfurthed be
    Thi sawe
    That ich, sith his wil is,
    A maid, withute lawe,
    Of moder have the blis.'

4. Th'angel went awei mid than
    Al ut of hire sighte;
Hire womb arise gan
    Thurw th'Oligastes mighte.
In hir wes Crist bilok anon,
Sooth God, sooth man in fles and bon,
    And of hir fles
    Ibore wes
    At time,
    Warthurw us kam good won;
    He bout us ut of pine,
    And let him for us slon.

5. Maiden-Moder makeles,
    Of milce ful ibunde,
Bid for us him that tee ches,
    At wam thu grace funde,
That he forgive us sen and wrake,
And clene of evri gelt us make,
    And heven-blis,
    Wan ur time is
    To sterve,
    Us give, for thine sake,
    Him so here for to sere
    That heus to him take.

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