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Jhesu fili virginis
1. Jhesu of a mayde yu
woldest be born
to saue man kynde that was for lorne,
and all for owr synnes:
2. Angelis ther were, mylde of mode,
song to yt swete fode
Wt ioye and blisse:
3. In a cratche was yt
bothe oxe and asse wt hym playde,
wt ioye and blisse:
4. Then for vs he
shadde his blode,
and allso he dyedde on ye rode,
and for vs y wysse:
5. And then to helle he toke the way
to raunson •m yt ther lay,
wt ioy and blisse:
This [is] from Addit. MSS. 5665. (formerly in Ritson's possession,) being a collection of church services, hymns, carols and songs in score, made (as it supposed) in the time of Henry VIII [1491-1547, reign 1509-1547].
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