Words by G. R. W. Melody of Johnny Faa, or Gipsey Laddie, harmonized by C. W.
Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #74
1. Of these four letters sing will
In dulci melodia
Of M and A and R and Y,
De Virgine Maria.
For Mother of th' Incarnate Word,
Of women none may be preferr'd
Beata prae Maria.
2. Misdoubting not the Father's
'Tis she that compass'd hath a Man, 
Conceptum ope dia;
And, as the Holy Spirit will'd,
Locustus de Messia
In her is Esay's word fulfill'd, ,
Vetusque prophetia. 
3. An Angel, and of high
Celesti in hierarchia,
Came down to greet this Maiden free,
Dicens, 'Ave Maria!
Fear not; bedew'd with heav'nly shower
O virga, virgo pia,
Thy bloom shall be th'immortal Flower:
Ne timeas, Maria.'
4. Ride westward kings from Saba,
Ferentes dona tria,
And 'fore the Babe of Mary's knee
'Twas God, if of his glory shorn,
Cum genitrice pia,
When God was born on Christmas-morn
Ex Virgine Maria.
5. Yea therefore, Mary, pray thy
Qui Patris est Sophia,
To teach and lend us every one
Ad coelica bravia;
Where Quire doth sing and belfry ring,
Cum suavi symphonia,
To laud thy Child, O Maiden mild,
Mater Dei, Maria.
Notes from G. R. W.:
1. Jer. xxxi. 22. Return
2. Isa. vii. 14. Return
3. Gen. iii. 15. Return
Sheet Music from George
Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas,
Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray &
Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #74
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