The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Whan that my ~wete ~one

For Christmas

This carol requires the installation of the "Old Blacketter" font for best display.

In a Middle English font: Whan that my swete sone

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 My hert is wo

Mary dyde ~ay ~o

For to ~e my dere ~one dye

Seyng I haue no mo

Whan that my ~wete ~one

Was .xxx. wynter olde

Than the traytour Judas

He became wonders bolde

For .xxx. plates of money

His may~ter had he ~olde

But whan I wy~t of that

Lorde my herte was colde

    O my heart is wo


On ~here thur~day

Truely than thus it was

On my ~ones dethe

That Judas dyd compas

Many were the Jewes

That folowed hym by trace

And before them all

He ky~~ed my ~ones face

    O my heart is wo


My ~one before Pylate

Then brought was he

And Peter ~ayd .iii. tymes

He knewe hymn nat parde

Pylate ~ayd to the Jewes

Now what ~ay ye:

They cryed all with one voyce

Crucifige Crucifige.

    O my hert is wo.


On good fryday

At the mount of Caluary

My ~one was on the cro~~e

And nayled with nayles thre

Of all the frendes that he had

Neuer one coud he ~e

But gentyll Johan the euangely~t

That ~tyll dyde ~tand hym by

    O my hert is wo.


Though I ~orowfull were

No man haue no wonder

For how it was the erth quaked

And horryble was the thonder

I loked vpon my ~wete ~one

The cros that he ~tode vunder

Lungeus came with a long ~pere

And claue his hert a~onder

    O my hert is wo


Editor's Note:

This is one of the carols that were first printed by Richard Kele, Christmas Carolles Newly Inprynted (circa 1550), reprinted in Philip Bliss, Biographical Miscellanies (1813), and included in Edward Bliss Reed, Christmas Carols of the 16th Century, Including Kele's Christmas Carolles Newly Inprynted (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1932).

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