The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Man And Woman In Every Place

Words and Music: Traditional English

Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #32, printed verbatim from a manuscript probably owned by a professional musician, and apparently written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, circa 1471-1485.

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    Lefte our hertes with good entent,
    And thanck God that al hath sent.

Man and woman in every place,
God hath 3ow sent vertu and grace,
Therfor spend wel owre space,
          And thanke God that al hath sent.

If thou be a man herdy and strong,
With thi strenke do thou no wrong,
But lat reson rewll the among,
          And thanke God that al hath sent.

If thou have wysdom at thi wyll,
Thorow thi wysdom do thou no yll,
Kep in thi hert both loud and styll,
          And thanke God that al hath sent.

If thou be syk or elles pore,
God hym shelf may the socur,
With stedfast hert and thou hym honour,
          And thanke God that al hath sent.

What wo or tene the betyd,
God can help on every syd,
Buxsumlych thou must abyd,
          And thanke God that al hath sent.

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