A Virgin Unspotted
Words and Music: English Traditional
Roud Number: 1378
Source: Broadside Douce adds. 137(71) (Bod6277 at the Bodleian Library)
Imprint: M.W. Carrall, Printer, York 
Title: Christmas Carols.
Hymn III of IV. A Virgin Unspotted.
See: In Bethlehem City - Notes
1. A Virgin
unspotted the prophets foretold,
Should bring forth a saviour which we now behold,
To be our redeemer from death, hell and sin,
Which Adam's transgression involved us in.
Then let us be merry cast sorrow away,
Our Saviour Christ Jesus was born on this day.
Bethlehem city in Judea it was
That Joseph and Mary together did pass,
And for to be taxed when Thither they came,
Since Caesar Augustus commanded the same.
Mary's full time being come as we find,
She brought forth her first born to save [svae] all mankind,
The Inn being full for this heavenly guest
No room there was found to lay him to rest.
Mary, blest Mary so meek and so mild,
Soon wrapt up in swaddlings this heav'nly child,
Contented she laid him where oxen did feed,
The great God of nature approv'd of the deed.
5. To teach
us humility all this was done,
So learn we hence haughty pride to shun;
A manger his cradle who came from above,
Our great God of mercy, of peace and of love.
presently after the shepherds did spy,
Vast number of Angels appear in the sky,
So merrily talking so sweetly did sing,
All glory and praise to our heavenly King.
Broadside from the Bodleian Library
Douce adds. 137(71)
- Christmas Carols, M. W. Carrall, Printer: 4 Carols
This broadside contained 4 ballads:
Hymn I: God rest you merry gentlemen
Hymn II: Christians awake salute the happy morn
Hymn III: A virgin unspotted the prophets foretold [This file]
Hymn IV: Hark the herald Angels sing
Another broadside at the Bodleian Library web site has identical lyrics. It is A Virgin Unspotted, Harding B 25(381)
Roud Number: 1378; Edition: Bod17506
Title: Christmas Hymn
First Line: A virgin unspotted, the prophets foretold
Printed by J. Kendrew, Printer, Colliergate, York between 1803 and 1848.
Harding B 25(381)
- J. Kendrow, Printer: 2 carols [check Bodleian for printer name]
The broadsides containing this carol on this website, with slightly different lyrics, include:
And see: A Virgin Most Pure - Sandys, 1833 and In Bethlehem City - R.V. Williams.