In To This World This Day Dide Com
Words: English Traditional from the Hill Ms., Balliol
College MS. 354
Compare: Into This World, This Day Did Come (Rickert)
Into The World This Day Did Come (Weston)
Music: Not Stated
Source: Ewald Flügel, ed., “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders Aus Der Zeit Heinrichs VIII. III. 6. Die lieder des Balliol Ms. 354,” in Eugen Einenkel, ed., Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie enthaltend Beitrage zur Geschlicht der englischen Sprache und Literatur. Band XXVI. (Halle: Max Niemeyer, 1903), #C, pp. 260-261.
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I pray you be mery & synge with me,
In worship of Cristys nativite!
1] In to this world this day dide com,
Ihesu Criste bothe god & man,
lorde & seruant in on person,
born of ye blessid virgyn mary!
2] He yat was riche, withowt any nede,
appered in this world in right pore wede,
to mak vs, yat were pore in dede,
Riche with owt any nede trewly!
3] A stabill was his chambre a crach was his bed,
he had not a pylow to lay vnder his hed,
with maydyns mylk yat babe was ffedde,
In pore cloyis was lappid ye lord almyghty !
4] A noble lesson here is vs tawght,
to set all worldly Riches at nawght!
but pray we yat we may be theder browght,
wher Riches ys everlastyngly!
See also Roman Dyboski, ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from the Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. Early English Text Society Extra Series No. CI (London: Published for the Early English Text Society by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., Ltd., 1907, issued in 1908), p. 38. Over 103 songs of great variety, including 62 "sacred songs and carols." Available at Internet Archive and Google Books.
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