Mary moder, meke and mylde
Words and Music:
The British Museum. MS. Sloan 2593, fol. 57, r0
Source: Thomas Wright, Specimens of Old Christmas Carols Selected from Manuscripts and Printed Books (London: The Percy Society, 1841)
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Nowell el el el el el el el el el el,
Mary was gret with Gabriel
Mary moder, meke and mylde,
Fro schame and synne that §e us schyllde,
For gret on grownd §e gon with childe,
Mary moder, be not a-dred,
Jhesu is in §our body bred,
And of §our bryst he wil be fed,
cum pudoris lilio
Mary, moder, the frewit of the
For us was naylid on a tre,
In hevene is now his magestÚ,
fulget resurrexcio (or: resurreccio)
Mary moder, the thredde day
Up he ros, as I §ow say,
To helle he tok the ry§te way,
motu fertur proprio.
Mary moder, after thin sone
Up thou steyist with hymn to wone,
The aungele wern glad quad thou were come,
in celi palacio.
Also found in 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 XXIV, p. 29.
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