The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Uery lyfe of swetnes and hope

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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).

Salue regina mater miseridor die
Uita dulce do et spes nostra salue.

O Uery lyfe of swetnes and hope
Of thy mercy sende vs a drope
As thou bare Jesu ye our kynd dyd grop
    Salue regina mater mie .vita. etc.

Unto our helth thou bare that chyld
With spot of syn thou were neuer defyld
Mary mother bothe meke and myld
    Salue regina mater mie .vita. etc.

We synners lady to the we crye
In this world to haue mercy
We synge to the yet or we dye
    Salue regina mater mie .vita. etc.

To the we call euer at our nede
A frende sprcy all for all mannes nede
Thou floure on felde of Adams sede
    Salue regina mater mie .vita. etc.

Thy eyen of pyte from vs not hyde
Whyle we here in this world abyde
Thou gouerne vs and be our guyde

(Concluding stanzas missing from source)

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