Gabryell of Hyȝe Degree
For The Annunciation, Advent, Christmas
Salutation Carol of the Angel Gabriel
Based on Luke 1:26-38,
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Words and Music:
Traditional English from Ms. Eng. Poet. e. 1
Compare: Nova, Nova: Ave Fit Ex Eva (Rickert)
Gabriel, Of High Degree (Weston from the Hill Ms.)
Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #31, printed verbatim from a manuscript probably owned by a professional musician, and apparently written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, circa 1471-1485.
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Nova, nova, ave fit ex Eva.
Gabryell of hyȝe degree,
Cam down from the Trenyte,
To Nazareth in Galilee,
He fond the mayd al in hyr place,
He knelyd down befor hir face,
And seyd, Al heyl, full of grace,
Thou shalt conseyve and her a chyld,
Thouȝ thou with syn wer never defylyd;
Thou hast fond grace, thou Mary myld,
The byrd abasshyd of all ble,
Answerd and seyd, How may this be?
Man thorow kynd towchyd never me,
The angell seyd unto that free,
The holy gost shal lyȝt in the,
God and man in on shal be,
Syx monthys is ner gon,
Syn Elyȝabeth conseyvyd Johan;
She that was barren a babe have borrne,
The ree.....d unto the fere,
Now hys we....e don in me here,
And Godes maydyn now se me here,
Notes from Wright:
The manuscript was here a little torn; the letters in Italics are supplied by conjecture; the few lacunes marked by dots I have not ventured to supply in this manner.
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