The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A new ȝer! a new ȝer! a chyld was i-born

Words and Music: Traditional English
(From MS. Sloan 2593, fol. 70, r0)

 

Compare: A New Year, A New Year (Edith Rickert, 1914)

Source: Thomas Wright, Specimens of Old Christmas Carols Selected from Manuscripts and Printed Books (London: The Percy Society, 1841)

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1. A new ȝer! a new ȝer! a chyld was i-born,
Us for to savyn that all was for-lorn,
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

2. The fader of hevene his owyne sone he sent,
His kyngdam for to cleymyn,
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

3. Al in a clene maydyn our Lord was i-lyȝt
Us for to savyn with all his myȝt,
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

4. All of a clene maydyn our Lord was i-born,
Us for to savyn that al was for-lorn,
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

5. Lullay! lullay! lytle chyld, myn owyn dere fode,
How xalt thou sufferin be naylid on the rode?
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

6. Lullay! lullay! lytle child, I synge al for thi sake,
Many on is the scharpe schour to thi body is schape;
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

7. Lyllay! lullay! lytle chyle, I syng al be-forn,
How xalt thou sufferin the scharp garlong of thorn?
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

8. Lullay! lullay! lytle chyle, qwy wepy thou so sore?
And art thou bothin God and man ? quat woldyst thou be more?
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

9. Blyssid be the armys the chyld bar abowte!
And also the tetes the chyld on sowkyd!
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

10. Blyssid be the moder! the chyld also!
With benedicamus Domino!
                    So blyssid be the tyme!

Note:

Also found in Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (London: Printed by Richards for The Warton Club, 1856), Hymn XXXVII, p. 46-48, with the following additional verses:

5b. Lullay, lullay, lytil chyld, myn owyn dere smerte,
How xalt thow sufferin the scharp spere to thi herte ?
                    So, etc.

6b. Lullay, lullay, lytyl child, fayre happis the befalle,
How xal thou sufferin to drynke ezyl and galle ?
                    So, etc.

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