What alleluya is a lofte
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In a Middle English font: What alleluya is a lofte
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).
Whan alleluya is a lofte
I go gay and ~yt ~ofte
And than I am mery ofte
As any byrde on brere
Whan laus tibi cometh to towne
Than me behoueth to knele downe
And euer to be in ori~owne
As it were a frere
Soone at Ca~ter cometh alleluya
With butter che~e and a tan~ay
It is nothynge to my pay
That he taryeth away ~o longe
Myght I byde ~here thur~day
Laus tibi ~hall go away
(damage) d I haue wepte that I may
Though he neuer come vs amonge
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