The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Welcome be this blessed feste

For Christmas


Words and Music: Traditional English from the 15th Century

Middle English; retyped in Old Blackletter

Compare: Welcome By Thys Blissed Feest from Wright

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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 blessed and maruelous natyuyte
Of goddes sonne in dyuynyte

Welcome be this blessed feste
Of goddes sonne in dyuynyte
That is refourmer of our rest
Longe peace and charyty
    O blessed. etc.

In tyme of peace this chylde was born
As was shewed in prophesy
To saue mankynde that was forlorne
For kynge of peace he is truly
    O blessed. etc.

Borne maruelously he was
Full of grace and dyuynyte
And she a mayden neuer the lesse
And so was neuer non but she
    O blessed. etc.

Therfore pray to that lorde
And to his mother that mayden free
To make vs wyse in worde and ded
To prayse and please his deyte
    O maruelous. etc.


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