Of On That Is So Fayr and Bri3t
A Song to the Virgin
Words: English Traditional from Egerton Ms.
613, Leaf 2.
Compare: Of On That Is So Fayr and Bright (Chambers and Sidgwick, 1907)
Music: Not Stated
Source: Rev. Richard Morris, ed., An Old English Miscellany (London, E.E.T.S. 1872), Carol #XXVIII, p. 194-195.
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A Song To The Virgin.
Of on žat is so fayr and briƺt.
velud maris stella.
Briƺter žan že day-is liƺt.
parens et puella.
Ic crie to že žou se to me.
Leuedy preye ži sone for me. [Lady, pray to thy Son for me,]
žat ic mote come to že [that I may come to thee]
Of kare conseil žou ert best. 12 [Thou
art the best counsel of the sorrowful;]
Of alle wery žou ert rest. [and thou art rest to the weary.]
Bi-sek him wiz milde mod. [Beseech thy Son that we may come to him.]
žat for ous alle sad is blod.
in cruce. 16
žat we moten komen til him.
Al žis world was for-lore. [All this
world was forlorn]
Tyl our lord was y-bore [until our Lord was born.]
de te genitnce.
With aue it went a-way.
žuster nyth and comet phte day 24 [The dark night departed and the day of salvation came.]
že welle springet hut of že [In thee is the well of virtue.]
Leuedi flour of alle žing. 28 [Thou, O
Lady, the thornless rose,]
rosa sire spina.
žu bere ihesu heuene king. [didst bear heaven's King--]
Of alle žu berst že pris. 32
Leuedi quene of parays. [thou art Queen of Paradise.]
Mayde milde. Moder.
es effecta. 36
Wei he wot he is ži sone. [Well does
Jesus know that he is thy Son.]
uentre quem portasti.
He wyl nout werne že ži bone. [He will not refuse thee thy requests.]
paruum quem lactasti ! 40
So hende and so god he his.
He hauet brout ous to blis. [He has brought us to bliss,]
žat hauez hi-dut že foule put. 44 [he closed the foul pit of hell.]
Explicit cantus iste.
Text contained in square brackets, ie., [ ], are from Rev. Morris.
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