The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Welcome be this ble~~ed fe~te

For Christmas

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In a Middle English font: Welcome be this blessed feste

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).

O ble~~ed & maruelous natyuyte

Of goddes ~onne in dyuynyte

Welcome be this ble~~ed fe~te

Of goddes ~onne in dyuynyte

That is refourmer of our re~t

Longe peace and charyty

    O ble~~ed. &c.


In tyme of peace this chylde was born

As was ~hewed in prophe~y

To ~aue mankynde that was forlorne

For kynge of peace he is truly

O ble~~ed. &c.

Borne maruelou~ly he was

Full of grace and dyuynyte

And ~he a mayden neuer the le~~e

And ~o was neuer non but ~he

O ble~~ed. &c.

Therfore pray to that lorde

And to his mother that mayden free

To make vs wy~e in worde & ded

To pray~e & plea~e his deyte

O maruelous. &c.


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