The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Alleluia. Now May We Our Merthis Make

For Christmas

Words and Music from the  Selden MS. (Selden MS. B.26 f.10.), Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Mode XIII

Compare: Now May We Mirthes Make

Source: Sir Richard Runciman Terry, A Medieval Carol Book: The Melodies Chiefly from MMS. in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1932), Carol #1, pp. 2-3.

1. Alleluia. Now may we (our) mirthis make,
For us Jesus manhoodè  hath take,
Only for our sinnès sake,
          Alleluia, Alleluia.

2. Alleluia. A King of Kings now forth is brought,
(All) Of a maid that sinnèd (in) nought,
Neither in deed nother in thought,
          Res miranda.

3. Alleluia. An Angel of counsel this day is born,
(All) Of a maid, I said beforn,
(Us) for to save that was forlorn,
          Sol de stella.

4. That Sun hath never down-going,
Nor doth His light any time fail.
The Star is evermore shining.
          Semper clara.

5. Right as the star bringeth forth a beam,
Of whom there cometh a marvellous stream,
So brought forth her Child the maid without stain.
          Pari forma.

Sheet Music from Sir Richard Runciman Terry, A Medieval Carol Book: The Melodies Chiefly from MMS. in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1932), Carol #1, pp. 2-3.

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