The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Ferste Joye As I Zu Telle

Joyis Five

For Christmas.

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


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        I may synge of a may of joyis fyve and in■is most.

e ferste joye as i zu telle
wt mary met seynt Gab'elle
heyl mary i grete ■e welle,
            wt fadr and sone and holy gost.

e secnde joye b in good fay
was on crystemesse day,
born he was of a may,
            wt fadr and sone and holy gost.

e ■redde joye, wtout  stryf,
■t blyssful ber■e was ful ryf,
qn he ros fro ded to lyf,
            wt fadr and sone and holy gost.

e forte joye wt out in good fay,
was upon halew  ■ursda,
he stey to hevene in ryche aray,
            wt fadr and sone and holy gost.

e fyfte joye wt out  dene,
in hevene he crownyd his modr clene,
t was wol wil ■e eyr a sene,
            wt fadr and sone and holy gost.

Sandys' Note:

From Sloane MS. 2593. Ś A great similarity may be observed between this and a modern carol entitled "Joys Seven," at the end of the Second Part. (p. 157)

Versions of this song on this web site:

Another, different "five joys" song: The Five Joys of the Virgin (Wright, 1845)


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