The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Alleluya. The Joy of Virgin Mary

Alleluya pro Virgine Maria

For Christmas, Epiphany

Words and melody from the Selden MS. (Selden MS. B.26 f.16), Bodleian Library.
English Translation by the Rev. J. O'Connor.
Mode I

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #179, pp. 16-17.

 

Refrain:
     Alleluya. The joy of the Virgin Mary.

Verses.

1. Joy divine of Christmas Day,
Does our very Sins away
     Alleluya.
No longer can Hell's peril stay.
     Alleluya.

2. As to God – Man, Priest and King,
Triple gift the wise men bring
     Alleluya.
Then Herod frowns his welcoming
     Alleluya.

3. Death's uncouth tryannic chain
On the third day makes He vain
     Alleluya.
By His own might uprisen again.
     Alleluya.

Refrain:
     Alleluya pro Virgine Maria.

Verses.

1. Diva natalicia,
Nostra purgat vicia,
     Alleluya.
Ne demur ad supplicia.
     Alleluya.

2. Nato sacrificia
Regesdant1 triplicia
     Allleluya.
Herodis post convicta.
     Alleluya.

3. Mortis vincla trucia
Solvit die tercia
     Allleluya.
Resurgentis potenccia.
     Allleluya.

 

Footnote 1 from Rev. Terry:

1. Aut in MS. Return

 

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #179, pp. 16-17.

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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 #8, pp. 16-17.

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Editor's Note:

The Selden Manuscript was one of the sources for A Medieval Carol Book by Rev. Terry. Scans of the manuscript pages are on-line at the Bodleian Library; see Selden MS B26 (opens in a new window at an exterior site).

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