mary is a lady bryzt
Words: English Traditional from the Sloane Ms. 2593, British Library, London
Music: Not Stated
Source: Bernhard Fehr, "Die Lieder der Hs. Sloane 2593," in Alois Brandl and Adolf Tobler, eds., Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Litteraturen. Band CIX. (Braunschweig: George Westermann, 1902), "mary is a lady bryzt," #XIX, p. 48.
A, a, a, a,
nunc gaudet maria.
mary is a lady bryzt,
sche hazt a sone of meche myzt,
ouer al şis word che is lyzt
bona natalicia. 6
mary is so fayr of face and fote,
and here sone so ful of (p)ote,
ouer al şis word he is bote
mary is so fayr of face,
and here sone so ful of grace. 12
in heuene he make us a place
cum sua potencia.
mary is boşe goode and kynde,
euer on vs che hazt mende
şat şe fend xal vs not schende
cum sua malicia. 18
mary is qwen of alle şinge,
and here sone a louely kynge.
God graunt vs alle good endynge!
regnat dei gracia.
Copies of this carol on this site include:
Mary Is A Lady Bry3t (Wright, 1856)
mary is a lady bryzt (Fehr, 1902) (this page)
Mary Is A Lady Bright (Chambers & Sidgwick, 1907)
Mary Is A Lady Bright (Rickert, 1914)
Chambers and Sidgwick noted:
7. Fehr, in Archiv as above, prints :
Mary is so fayr of face and fote,'
The words of face, however, are deleted in the MS. and fote is Fehr's error for sote'.
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