The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Mary, Flower of Flowers All

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional, Before 1536
Compare: Mary, The Flower Of Flowers All (Weston from the Hill Ms.)

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pp. 170-1.

Now sing we with joy and bliss:
Puer natus est nobis.

1. Mary, flower of flowers all,
Hath born a child in an ox-stall,
That Lord and Prince is over us all;
    Puer natus est nobis.

2. He was born on our lady,
Without sin of her body,
Godės own true Son truly;
    Puer natus est nobis.

3. By an apple of a tree,
Bondmen all made were we,
That Child was born to make us free;
    Puer natus est nobis.

4. That Child was done on the Rood,
With His flesh and with His blood,
For our help and for our good;
    Puer natus est nobis.

5. The third day He rose and to heaven went,
Wit and wisdom He us sent,
For to keep His commandment;
    Puer natus est nobis.

6. He shall come down at Doomėsday,
With bloody woundės, I you say,
As He died on Good Friday;
    Puer natus est nobis.

7. Now pray we to that heaven(ly) King,
To send us all His dear blessing,
Shrift and housel at our ending.
    Puer natus est nobis.


Rickert translates Puer natus est nobis as "Unto us a son is born."

The Digital Index of Middle English Verse (DIMEV) reports the only source of Mary, Flower of Flowers All is the Hill Ms., Balliol 354.

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