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Of sayne Steuen goddes knyght

Of saynt Steuen
Celebrating Saint Stephen, first of the Martyers.
Also see
Hymns to St Stephen

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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).

To saynt Steuen wyll we pray
To pray for vs both nyght and day

Of sayne Steuen goddes knyght
That preched ye fayth day and nyght
He tolde the Jewes as it was ryght
    That Chryst was borne of a may.

The Jewes sayd in grete scorne
That Christ was not of a mayde borne
That sayd Steuen ye are but lorne
    And all that beleue in your lay.

Now is spronge the welle of lyfe
Of Mary moder mayde and wyfe
Therfore the Jewes fell at stryfe
    And with steuen than dysputed they.

                                        A.iii.

The wycked Jewes at the last
Stones at Steuen they gan cast
His hed and armes they all to brast
    And made his body in foule aray.

Steuen that was full mylde of mode
Thought he were all reed in blode
In his prayers styll he stode
    And cryeng to good thus he dyde say

Lorde god for thy myghtfull grace
Forgyue the Jewes theyr trespace
And gyue theym grace to se thy face
    In the Joye that lasteth aye.

To heuen he loketh soone on hye
To the father and sone truly
And to the holy goost he gan cry
    Receyue my soule I the pray.

God receyued his boone anone
Downe came aungeles many one
They toke his soule and to heuen dyd gone
    To blyssednesse that lasteth ay.

To that blysse that is so goode
Jheiu that dyed vpon the roode
Graunt vs for his precyous bloode
    Our saluacyon at domes day.

                                        Finis.

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