Good Day Sir Christemas
Words and melody from the Selden MS. (Selden MS. B.26.f.8), Bodleian Library, Oxford. Mode VIII.
Source: Sir Richard Runciman Terry, A Medieval Carol Book: The Melodies Chiefly from MMS. in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1932), Carol #20, p. 39.
Good day, good day, good day
My lord Sir Cristemas, good day !
1. Good day Sir Cristemas our King,
For ev'ry man bothe olde and young
Is glad and blithe of Your coming.
Good day, good day, good day.
2. (For) Goddès son so much of might,1
Fram heven to earth is down alight,
And born is of a maid so bright.
3. Heavèn and earth, and also hell,
And all that ever in them dwell,
Of Your coming they full snell.2
4. Of Your coming, this, clerkès find,
Ye come to save allè mankind,3
And from their balès them unbind.4
5. All manner of mirth we will make,
And solace to our heart (will) take,
My seemly Lord, for Your-è sake.
Notes from Rev. Terry:
1. Much of might = great in might. Return.
2. Full snell = all astir. Return.
3. Allè = all. Return.
4. Balès = evils. Return.
The Selden Manuscript was one of the sources for A Medieval Carol Book by Rev. Terry. Scans of the manuscript pages are on-line at the Bodleian Library; see Selden MS B26 (opens in a new window at an exterior site).
Sheet Music from Sir Richard Runciman Terry, A Medieval Carol Book: The Melodies Chiefly from MMS. in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1932), Carol #20, p. 39.
There are two other versions of this carol on this website, who cite as their source the Selden Manuscript, including:
The record at the Digital Index of Middle English Verse contains additional sources: Good Day, Sir Christmas, DIMEV 1643
Versions of the similar carol, "I Am Here, Sir Christmas," cite as their source Ritson's MS (Addl. MS. 5665) in the British Library, including:
I Am Here, Syre Crystes Mass - Ritson, 1829
I Am Here, Syre Christmasse - Sandys, 1833
Sir Christmas - Vizetelly, 1851; Sylvester, 1861 [with notes]
I Am Here, Sir Christhismas - Husk, 1868
I Am Here, Sir Christemas - Rickert, 1910
Sir Christmas [Subtitle: I Am Here, Sir Christmas] - Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols, Carol #196, pp. 46-48, 1933
The record at the Digital Index of Middle English Verse contains additional sources: I Am Here, Sir Christmas, DIMEV 1128.