The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Blessedful Bird, Full Of Grace

Salve regina, mater misericordie


Words: English Traditional, Fifteenth Century

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 15.

Compare: O Blyssedful Berd, Full Of Grace - Thomas Wright (1947)

1. O blessedful bird, full of grace,
To all mankind thou art solace,
Queen of heaven in every place,

2. To our health thou bare a Child,
And yet with sin wert never (de)filed,
Mary mother, meek and mild,

3. From the fiend thou us defend,
And of sin thou us amend;
Mary, thy mercy thou to us send,

4. O worthy wight, we worship thee,
Full of mercy and of pity;
Wherefore we sing in each degree,

5. And let us not from thee fall,
And thereto we cry and also call,
Both young and old, great and small,

6. And bring us to thy Son's bliss,
Where that thy dwelling is,
Of that we pray thee that we not miss,

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