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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Middle English; retyped in Old Blackletter

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 horse
Yet was the mayden neuer the worse
    Synge dyllum. etc.

Layde she was vpon a sacke
Stryke softe she sayd hurt not my backe
And spare not let the myll clacke
    Synge dyllum. etc.

I wys the myller was full nyce
His mylstones hanged both by a vyce
And wolde be walkynge at a tryce
    Synge dyllum. etc.

This mayd to myll ofte dyd resorte
And of her game made no reporte
But to her it was full great conforte
    Synge dyllum. etc.


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