The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

I Saw A Sweet And Silly Sight

Words: English Traditional, Fifteenth Century
MS. Additional 5666, fols. 4b, 5.

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 59.

I saw a sweet (and) silly1 sight,
A blissful bride, a blossom bright
    That mourning made and mirth among.
A maiden mother, meek and mild,
In cradle kept a knavė child
    That softly slept; she sat and sang.
"Lullay, lullow, lully, lullay, lully, lully, lully, lully, lully,
    Lullow, lully, lullay, baw, baw,
    My bairn, sleep softly now."


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