Now Make We Merthe
Words and melody
from a parchment roll in the library of Trinity College, Cambridge.
(Date, Fifteenth Century.)
Compare: Now Make We Merry, All And Some, from Rickert, with music.
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #193, pp. 42-43.
Now make we merthè all and some
For Christemas now is y-come,
Thathath no peer;
Sing we all in fere.
Now joy and bliss
They shall not miss,
That maketh good cheer.
1. Now God Almighty
down hath sent
The Holy Ghost to be present,
To light on Mary maiden verament,
That bare God's Son with Good intent.
2. Now Goddès
In Mary mildè He hath hent,
(Forsooth our) flesh and blood for He hath meant
Man to restore again to his rent.
3. To Mary mild our
heart be bent,
That blissful Lady, so be bent
To pry (always) for us we be not schent
To Jesus Christ, her Son to yent.
Footnotes from Rev. Terry:
1. 'Mylde Marye' in the MS.
All in fere = all together
Verament = verily
Hent = taken
Rent = heritage
Schent = disgrace
Yent or Ient = gentle.
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #193, pp. 42-43.
Note concerning sheet music from Rev. Terry:
1. Two crotchet rests omitted here. [First paragraph] Return
Sheet Music from Sir Richard Runciman Terry, A Medieval Carol Book: The Melodies Chiefly from MMS. in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1932), Carol #27, pp. 50-51.
Another collection containing carols from a roll in the Library of Trinity College is J. A. Fuller Maitland, ed., English Carols of the Fifteenth Century From A MS Roll in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. (London: The Leadenhall Press, et al., 1891), with added vocal parts by W. S. Rockstro.
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