The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Saynt Steven, The First Martere

For the Feast of Saint Steven
See:
Hymns to St Stephen

Words: Attributed to John Audelay

In die Sancti Stephani

        In reverens of oure Lord in heven,
         Worchip this marter, swete Sent Steven.


Saynt Steven, the first martere,
He ched his blod in herth here;
Fore the love of his Lord so dere,
He sofird payn and passion.
         In reverens of oure Lord in heven,
         Worchip this marter, swete Sent Steven.

He was stonyd with stons ful cruellé,
And sofird his payn ful pasiently:
“Lord, of myn enmes thou have mercé,
That wot not what thai done.”
         In reverens of oure Lord in heven,
         Worchip this marter, swete Sent Steven.

He beheld into heven on he,
And se Jhesu stonde in his majesté,
And sayd: “My soule, Lord, take to thee,
And foregif myn enmys everechon.”
         In reverens of oure Lord in heven,
         Worchip this marter, swete Sent Steven.

Then when that word he had sayd,
God therof was wel apayd;
His hede mekelé to slep he layd;
His sowle was takyn to heven anon.
         In reverens of oure Lord in heven,
         Worchip this marter, swete Sent Steven.

Swete Saynt Steven, fore us thou pray
To that Lord that best may;
When our soule schal wynd away,
He grawnt us al remyssion.
         In reverens of oure Lord in heven,
         Worchip this marter, swete Sent Steven.

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