The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Blyssid Be Yt Mayde Mary

Middle English Carol

For Christmas

Eya Jhc Hodie Natus Est De Virgine
Also: Eya! Ihesus hodie Natus est de Virgine, Sloane MS. 2593

Source: William Sandys, Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (London: Richard Beckley, 1833)

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Blyssid be yt mayde mary,
born he was of her body,
godis sone yt syttit on hy,
                        nō ex uirili semine.

In a manjor of an as
Jhu lay and lullyd was,
harde peynis for to pas,
                        p peccante homine.

Kyngs com  fro dyvesse londe,
Wt grete zyfts in ■er honde,
In bedlem ye child yey fonde,
                        Stella ducte lum´e.

Man and chyld bothe eld and ying
Now in his blysful comyng,
to yt chyld now we syng
                        gƚa t' dne.

Nowel, nowel, in yis halle,
Make merye I prey zu alle,
On to yt chyld may we calle,
                        ullo sine crimine.

Sandys' Note:

This carol [is] from Sloane MS. 2593. (temp. Hen. VI).


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