The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

I Saw A Fair Maiden

For Christmas

Words and Music: Fifteenth Century
British Museum. MS. Sloane 2593. XV Cent.

Versions on this site:
Lullay, Myn Lykyng (Richard Greene)
Lullay My Liking - Version 1
 Lullay My Liking - Version 2
Lullay, Mine Liking (Modern, From Rickert)
I Saw A Fair Maiden (Richard Terry, with music)
Lullay, Mine Liking, My Dere Sone, Mine Sweting (Chambers & Sidgwick)

Source: Richard R. Terry, Twelve Christmas Carols (London: J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., 1912), pp. 16-17.

Lullay my liking,
My dear son, my sweeting;
Lullay my dear heart,
Mine own dear darling.

I saw a fair maiden
Sitten and sing:
She lulléd a little child,
A sweeté lording.
        Lullay my liking

That eternal lord is he
That made allé thing;
Of allé lordés he is Lord
Of allé kinges King.
        Lullay my liking

There was mickle melody
At that childés birth:
Though the songsters were heavenly
They madé mickle mirth.
        Lullay my liking

Angels bright they sang that night
And saiden to that child,
"Blessed be thou and so be she
That is both meek and mild."
        Lullay my liking

Pray we now to that child,
And to his mother dear,
God grant them all his blessing
That now maken cheer.

Lullay my liking,
My dear son, my sweeting;
Lullay my dear heart,
Mine own dear darling.

Sheet Music: Richard R. Terry, Twelve Christmas Carols (London: J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., 1912), pp. 16-17.

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