Make We Joye Nowe In This Fest
Words: English Traditional
Bodleian Library. MS. Arch. Selden B. 25, XV Century
Source: Richard Greene, ed., A Selection of English Carols (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1962), #12, p. 65.
Make we joye nowe in this fest,
In quo Christus natus est.
A Patre unigenius
Thorw a maiden is come to us.
Synge we to here and sey, 'Welcome!
Veni redemptor genicum.'
Agnoscat omne seculum:
A bryght sterre thre kynges [made] come
For to seke with here presens
Verbum supernum prodiens.
A solis ortus cardine,
So myghty a lord was none as he,
For to oure kynde he hath yeve gryth,
Adam parens quod polluit.
Maria ventre concepit;
The Holy Gost was ay here with.
In Bedleem yborne he ys
Consors paterni luminis.
O lux beata Trinitas!
He lay bytwene an oxe and asse.
Thou moder and maiden fre,
Gloria tibi, Domini.
Latin translations from Edith Rickert's Glossary:
In quo Christus natus est. = On which Christ was born .
1. A Patre Unigenitus = The only Son of the Father
Veni, Redemptor gencium = Come, Redeemer of mankind
2. Agnoscat omne seculum = Let all the world acknowledge Thee
Verbum supernum prodiens = Showing forth the high Word
3. A solis ortus cardine = Arisen from the quarter of the sun
Adam parens quod polluit = Which Adam, the parent, did pollute (Source: San Francisco Bach Choir, Make We Joy).
4. Maria ventre concepit, = Conceived in Mary’s womb (Source: San Francisco Bach Choir, Make We Joy).
Consors paterni luminis = Consort of the light of the Father
5. O lux beata Trinitas = O blessed light of the Trinity
Gloria tibi, Domine = Glory to Thee, O Lord
Note: Some of the translations of Latin phrases from Rickert are different on the page from the translations by the San Francisco Bach Choir. As I have (thus far) been unable to become literate in Latin, I am not in a position to make a recommendation one way or the other.
Versions of this carol on this web site:
Make We Joye Nowe In This Fest (Richard Leighton Greene) [this page]
Make We Joy Now In This Fest (From George Ratcliffe Woodward, 1902) (with sheet music)
Make We Joy Now In This Fest (Richard R. Terry, ca. 1923; with sheet music)
Make we jow in this fest (Thomas Wright, 1847)
Make We Joy In This Feast (From Edith Rickert, 1914)
The Selden Manuscript was one of the sources for A Medieval Carol Book by Rev. Terry. Scans of the manuscript pages are on-line at the Bodleian Library; see Selden MS B26 (opens in a new window at an exterior site).
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