The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

As I Me Lay On A Nyght

For the Annunciation

Words: English Tradition from the Balliol Ms. 354

Music: Not Stated

Source: Ewald Flügel, ed., “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders Aus Der Zeit Heinrichs VIII. Die lieder des Balliol Ms. 354” in Eugen Einenkel, ed., Anglia - Zeitschrift Für Engliscie Philologie. Band XXVI. (Halle: Max Niemeyer, 1903), Song LXXIV, pp. 238-9.

Now syng we all in fere,
alma redemptoris mater.

1] As I me lay on a nyght,
Me thowght I sawe a semly wyght,
that clepid she was ryght, alma redemptoris mater.

2] To her com an Angell with gret lyght,
And sayd hayle be you blessid wyght,
Te be cleped thou art right, alma redemptoris mater.

3] At that word the maydyn bryght,
A non conceyved god almyght,
then knew mary what she hyght. alma redemptoris mater.

4] When Ihesu on the rode was dyght,
Mary was sorrofull of that syght,
tyll after she sawe hym ryse vp right. alma redemptoris mater.

Editor's Note:

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