The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Be glad, lordynges, be ye more and lesse

Words and Music: Traditional English
(From MS. Harl. No. 5396, p. 18. This MS. appears to have been written in the north; for on the page which contains the present carol are written, in nearly a contemporary hand, the words, "Wylȝam Northe of Yorke.")

Source: Thomas Wright, Specimens of Old Christmas Carols Selected from Manuscripts and Printed Books (London: The Percy Society, 1841), No. XXII, p. 33.

Compare: Be Glad, Lordings, Be Ye More Or Less (Puer nobis natus est) (Rickert)
Lystenyt, lordyngs, more and lees - Thomas Wright
Puer Nobis Natus Est (Chambers & Sidgwick)

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Puer nobis natus est,
de virgine Maria

Be glad, lordynges, be ye more and lesse
I bryng ȝou tydynges of gladnesse,
As Gabryel me beryth wetnesse,
                    dicam vobis quia.

I bryng ȝou tydynges that ben gode,
Mary hath borne a blysful foude,
That boȝt us all upon the rode,
                    sua morte pia.

For the trespas of Adam,
For the fadyr of hevyn he cam,
Here-to myrthhe us bygan,
                    teste profecia.

Mary, modr and leve virgyn,
That bare of child wyth-outen syn,
Kepe us all fro hell pyn,
                    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 (Of a rose singè we), 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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