The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

From Heavenly Maid

Words: Anonymous, from "Songs of Sundry Nature" (1589)

Music: William Byrd (1538-1623)

Source: Carol 680, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. From heavenly maid, this day, this day did spring,
The precious seed that only saved man.
This day let man rejoice, rejoice and sweetly sing.
Since on this day our Saviour first began.
This day, this day, did Christ man's soul from death remove,
With glorious saints to dwell in heaven above.

This day let man rejoice and sweetly swing
Rejoice and sweetly sing.

2. This day to man came pledge of perfect peace.
This day to man came love and unity.
This day man's grief began for to surcease,
This day did man receive a remedy
For each, for each offense and every deadly sin,
With guilty heart that erst he wandered in.

This day let man rejoice and sweetly swing
Rejoice and sweetly sing.

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

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