The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Puer nobis natus est,
De virgine Maria

Words: English Traditional, About 1456

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 22.

Compare: Be glad, lordynges, be ye more and lesse - Thomas Wright
Lystenyt, lordyngs, more and lees - Thomas Wright

Puer Nobis Natus Est (Chambers & Sidgwick)

Puer nobis natus est,
De virgine Maria

1. Be glad, lordings, be ye more and less,
I bring you tidings of gladness,
As Gabriel me bearetgh witness,
    Dicam vobis quia.

2. I bring you tidings that be good,
Mary hath borne a blissful Fode,
That bought us all upon the Rood,
    Sua morte pia.

3. For the trespass of Adam,
Fro the Father of heaven He came,
Hereto to myrthe us began,
    Teste profecia.

4. Mary, mother and lief virgin,
That bare a child withouten sin,
Keep us all fro helle pain,
    De virgine Maria.

Editor's Note:

Other versions of this carol on this website:

"Listen, Lordings, Both More and Less" (Burden: Puer nobis natus est de Virgine Maria)

There are other carols on this web site with similar first lines or burdens, although they have very separate themes and lyrics, including:

"Listen, Lordings, Both Old and Young"

This Rose is Railed on a Ryse, Text Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 11, from Ms. Selden B 26, folio 9v.

"Listen, Lordings, Both Great and Small" (Burden: A, a, a, a, Nunc gaudet ecclesia):

"Listen, Lordings, both leve and dear" (Nowell, -ell, both Old and Young):

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