The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Herode Yt Was Both Wylde And Wode

De Innocentibus

For the Feast of the Holy Innocents
The Hymns Of The Holy Innocents

Source: William Sandys, Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (London: Richard Beckley, 1833)

Compare: Herod That Was Both Wild and Wode (Rickert)

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Worchepe we this holy day,
yt all innocentis for vs pray.

Herode yt was both wylde and wode,
ful muche he shadde of cristen blode,
To sle yt chylde so meke of mode
that mary bare, yt clene may.

Mary wt iħu forthe yfrawzt,
As the angell hur towzt
To flee the londe till ht wer' sowzt
To epyette she toke hure way.

Herode sloo wt pryde and synne
Thowsands of ij zer' and wt ynne,
The body of criste he thozft to wynne,
and to destrye the cristen fay.

Now iħu yt dyest for vs on the rode,
And cristendest innocents in his blode,
By the pyer of thy moder gode,
Bryng vs to blysse yt lastith ay.

Sandys' Note:

This [is] from Addit. MSS. 5665. (formerly in Ritson's possession) being a collection of church services, hymns, carols and songs in score, made (as it supposed) in the time of Henry VIII [1491-1547, reign 1509-1547].

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