The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Blessyd Johan the euangelyst

Of saynt Johan

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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).

Pray for vs to god on hye
Blyssed saynt Johan and our lady.

O Blessyd Johan the euangelyst
Ryght dere beloued of Jesu cryst
The preuyte of heuen in erthe thou wyst
    As touchynge to the trynyte.

That prynce that is withouten pere
To Johan he toke his mode dere
All whyle she? lyued in erthe here
    That vyrgyns were bothe he and she.

This noble Johan that we of rede
Informed vs of Chrystes dede
The whyle that he on erthe yede
    In his gospell so fynde we.

Whan Chryst on crosse hanged so hy
He sayd vnto his moder Mary
Lo there thy sone standynge the by
    And se thy moder Johan sayd he

Nowe pray we to this saynt echone
For vs to pray to god introne
Out of this syfe whan we shall gone
    To se hym in his mayeste

                                        Finis.

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