The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

As I went this enders day

(Damage) our Lady and her ~onne

Source: Edward Bliss Reed, ed., Christmas Carols Printed in the 16th Century Including Kele's Christmas Carolles Newly Inprynted. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1932). Also available in Middle English: As I went this enders day

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See notes in F A Q

 

Alone alone alone alone

Sore I ~ygh and all for one

As I went this enders day

Alone walkyng on my play

I harde a lady ~yng and ~ay

Woo is me and all alone

   Alone alone. &c.

 

To that place I drew me nere

Of her ~onge ~omwhat to here

There ~at a lady with ~ory chere

That ~ore dyd ~ygh and grone

    Alone alone. &c.

 

Beholde my ~onne crowned w thorne

And all his body rent and torne

Put to deth with ~hame and ~korne

For mannes ~ake alone.

    Alone alone. &c.

 

For ~o the it was a wonderous ~yght

To ~e her chylde how it was dyght

                            A.ii.

For to brynge mankynde ~o (damaged)

To ~aue vs from our fone

    Alone alone. &c.

 

Sythe it wyll no better be

Pray we to that chylde ~o free

That we may hym in heuyn ~e

What we ~hall hens gone

Alone alone alone alone

Sore I ~ygh and all for one

                    Finis.

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