The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Adam lay ibowndyn

For Christmas

Words and Music: English Traditional

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Source: 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 #XXVIII, pp. 32-33.

Adam lay i-bowndyn,

    bowndyn in a bond,

Fowre thowsand wynter

    thowt he not to long ;

And al was for an appil,

    an appil that he tok,

As clerkes fyndyn wretyn

    in here book.

Ne hadde the appil take ben,

    the appil taken ben,

Ne hadde never our lady

    a ben hevene quen.

Blyssid be the tyme

    that appil take was !

Therfore we mown syngyn

    Deo gracias.

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