The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Gabriell, That Angell Bry3t

Words and Music: Traditional English

Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #28, printed verbatim from a manuscript probably owned by a professional musician, and apparently written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, circa 1471-1485.

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    Regina celi letare.

Gabriell, that angell bry3t,
Bry3ter than the sonne is ly3t,
Fro hevyn to erth he took hys fly3t.
                Letare.

In Nazareth that gret cere,
Befor a maydyn he knelyd on kne,
And seyd, Mary, God is with the.
                Letare.

Heyll, Mary, full of grace,
God is with the and ever was;
He hath in the chosyn a place.
                Letare.

Mari was afrayd of that sy3t,
That cam to her with so gret ly3t.
Than seyd the angell that was so bry3t,
                Letare.

Be not agast of lest ne most,
In the is conseyvyd the holy gost,
To save the soules that war for-lost.
                Letare.

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