The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

It was a mayde of brente nars

For Christmas

Source: Edward Bliss Reed, ed., Christmas Carols Printed in the 16th Century Including Kele's Christmas Carolles Newly Inprynted. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1932).

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In a Middle English font: It was a mayde of brente nars

Synge Dyllum dyllum dyllum dyllum

I can tell you and I wyll

Of my ladyes water myll

It was a mayde of brente nars

She rode to myll vpon a hor~e

Yet was the mayden neuer the wor~e

    Synge dyllum. &c.


Layde ~he was vpon a ~acke

Stryke ~ofte ~he ~ayd hurt not my backe

And ~pare not let the myll clacke

    Synge dyllum. &c.


I wys the myller was full nyce

His myl~tones hanged both by a vyce

And wolde be walkynge at a tryce

    Synge dyllum. &c.


This mayd to myll ofte dyd re~orte

And of her game made no reporte

But to her it was full great conforte

    Synge dyllum. &c.


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