The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

What alleluya is a lofte

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Middle English; retyped in "Old Blackletter:" 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).

What alleluya is a lofte
I go gay and syt softe
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 orisowne
    As it were a frere

Soone at Caster cometh alleluya
With butter chese and a tansay
It is nothynge to my pay
    That he taryeth away so longe

Myght I byde shere thursday
Laus tibi shall go away
(damage) d I haue wepte that I may
    Though he neuer come vs amonge


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