Jhesu Of His Moder Was Born
For Second Advent
Words and Music: English Traditional
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Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (London: Printed by Richards for The Warton Club, 1856), Hymn LIX, pp. 81-82.
I may seyn to most and lest,
Verbum caro factum est.
JHESU of his moder was born,
For us he werde garlond of thorn.
And ellys hadde we ben forlorn ;
He tok his deth for most and lest.
I xal 3ou telle good skele qwy
That he was bom of Mary,
For he deyid on Calvory,
He tok, etc.
He wrowt us alle with his hond ;
The fendes woldyn adoun us wrong,
He bowt us ageyn with peynys strong,
He tok his, etc.
Akerche thanne to him was fet,
The Juwis 3evyn hym drynk ezyl and galle,
Quan Jhesu after drynk gan calle ;
God, let us never in synne falle.
He tok, [etc.]
Prey we to that lord so fre,
For us he deyid on a tre,
At domys day our helpe he be.
He tok, etc.
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