The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Man Was The Fyrst Gylt

Words and Music: Traditional English
Compare: All That Leve In Cristen Lay

All That 'Lieve In Christmas Lay

Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #34, 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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    All that leve in cristen lay,
    Worshup every Cristmes day.

A man was the fyrst gylt,
And therfor he was spylt;
The profycy was never spylt,
          Thyl on the Cristmes day.

The fyrst day that lely sprong,
Jhesu Crist be us among,
Ever we thowte it was to long,
          Thyl on the Cristmes day.

It was dyrk, it was dym,
For men that levyd in gret syn,
Lucyfer was us al within,
          Thyl on the Cristmes day.

Ther was wepping, ther was woo,
For every man to hell gan goo.
It was lityl mere thoo,
          Thyl on the Cristmes day.

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