The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

I shall you tell this ylke nyght

For Saint Stephen

Words and Music: Middle English Traditional
British Museum. MS. Egerton 3307. XV Cent.

Source: Lost.

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I Shall you tell this ylke nyght
(Retyped in Old Blackletter)

The Holy Marter Steven We Pray (Richard Greene)

(Initial stanzas missing from source?)

Blessyd Stephan we the praye
Pro nobis preces funde

I shall you tell this ylke nyght
Of saynt Stephan goddes knyght
He tolde the Jewes that it was ryght
That Cryst was borne of a mayde
    Blessyd Stephan. etc.

Then sayd the Jewes ẁ[ith] grete scorne
That goddes sone myght not be borne
Stephan sayd ƿe be forlorne
And all that byleueth on that lay
    Blessyd Stephan. etc.

This Stephen whan he was most ■fyte
In Crystes lawe illumynate
The Jewes hym toke with grete dyspyte
Without the towne to lapidate
    Blessyd Stephan. etc.

The cursyd Jewes at the last
Stones at Stephan they gan cast
They bette hym and bounde hym fast
And made his body in foule aray
    Blessyd Stephan. etc.

(Concluding stanzas missing from source)

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