The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Uery lyfe of ~wetnes and hope

In a Middle English font: O Uery lyfe of swetnes and hope

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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 ~pes no~tra ~alue.


O Uery lyfe of ~wetnes and hope

Of thy mercy ~ende vs a drope

As thou bare Je~u y^ our kynd dyd grop

Salue regina mater mie .vita. &c.


Unto our helth thou bare that chyld

With ~pot of ~yn thou were neuer defyld

Mary mother bothe meke and myld

Salue regina mater mie .vita. &c.


We ~ynners lady to the we crye

In this world to haue mercy

We ~ynge to the yet or we dye

Salue regina mater mie .vita. &c.


To the we call euer at our nede

A frende ~prcy all for all mannes nede

Thou floure on felde of Adams ~ede

Salue regina mater mie .vita. &c.


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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