The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

There Stood In Heaven A Linden Tree

For The Annunciation of Our Lady

Words: Es stot ein lind im himelrich, 16th or 15th century from H. v. Loufenberg's Geistliche Lieder, c. 1420.
Translation by George R. Woodward

Music: 16th or 15th century from H. v. Loufenberg's Geistliche Lieder, c. 1420.
Melody harmonized by G. H. Palmer, Mus. Doc.

Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, eds., The Cambridge Carol-Book (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924), #XXXVII, p. 43.

1. There stood in heav'n a linden tree;
    But, tho' 'twas honey laden,
All Angels cried, 'No bloom shall be
    Like that of one fair Maiden.'

2. Sped Gabriel on wingèd feet,
    And pass'd through bolted portals
In Nazareth, a Maid to greet,
    Blest o'er all other mortals.

3. 'Hail Mary!' quod that Angel mild,
    'Of woman-kind the fairest:
The Virgin ay shalt thou be styled,
    A babe although thou bearest.'

4. 'How shall I bear a child, that ne'er
    With wedded man was mated?
Pray tell me now this infant yhow
    Shall He be generated?'

5. 'O Virgin sheen, it shall be seen,
    As I announce afore thee:
The Holy Ghost, of virtue most,
    Shall cast his shadow o'er thee.'

6. 'So be it!' God's hand-maiden cried,
    'According to thy telling.'
Whereon the Angel smartly hied
    Up home-ward to his dwelling.

7. This tiding fill'd his mates with glee:
    'Twas pass'd from one to other,
That 'twas Marie, and none but she,
    And God would call her Mother.

Sheet Music from Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, eds., The Cambridge Carol-Book (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924), #XXXVII, p. 43.

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Editor's Note:

There is an alternate refrain, harmonized for two voices, by Charles West.

See the notes in Our Master Hath A Garden.

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