Now Well May We (Our) Merthis Make
Words and melody from the Selden M.S. (Selden MS. B.26 f.10.), Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Compare: Now May We Mirthes Make, from Rickert
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #172, pp. 2-3.
1. Now well may we
(our) merthis make,
For us Jesus manhood è hath take,
Only for our sinnès sake, Alleluia.
2. A King of Kings
now forth is brought,
(All) of a maid that sinned (in) nought,
Neither in deed nother in thought.
Res miranda. (bis)
3. An angel of
counsel this day is bornk,
(All) of a maid, I said beforn,
(Us) for to save that was forlorn.
Sol de stella. (bis)
4. That Sun hath
Nor doth His light any time fail.
The Star is evermore shining.
Semper clara. (Bis)
5. Right as the star
bringeth forth a beam,
Of whom there cometh a marvellous stream,
[So] brought forth her Child the maid without stain.
Pari Forma. (Bis)
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #172, pp. 2-3.
The Selden Manuscript was the source 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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