The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The nunne walked on her prayer

For Christmas

Middle English; retyped in Old Blackletter

Source: Edward Bliss Reed, ed., Christmas Carols Printed in the 16th Century Including Kele's Christmas Carolles Newly Inprynted. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1932).

This carol requires the installation of the "Junicode" font for best display.

Note: Because Middle English contains letters not found in modern English, I've used a special font, "Junicode" created by Professor Peter S. Baker, Professor of English, University of Virginia on some pages.  I will note on the individual carol's page which ones need this font. You can obtain a copy of this font from his website Old English at the University of Virginia (select "Windows TrueType," or right click here, and then select "Save File As" to save a copy of the zipped file to your computer).  This font must be downloaded and installed before these pages will display accurately.

Inducas inducas
In temptationibus

The nunne walked on her prayer
    Inducas. etc.

Ther cam a frere and met with her
    In temptationbus. etc.
        Inducas inducas
        In temptationibus.

This nunne began to fall aslepe
    Inducas

The frere knelyd down at her fete
    In temptationibus.

                                        A.iii.

        Inducas inducas
        In temptationibus.

This fryer began the nunne to grope
    Inducas

It was a morsell for the pope
    In temptationibus.
        Inducas inducas
        In temptationibus

The frere and the nunne whan they had done
    Inducas

Eche to theyr cloyster dyd they gone
    Sine temptationibus
        Inducas inducas
        In temptationibus.

                                        Finis.

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