The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

I shall you tell this ylke nyght

Source: Edward Bliss Reed, ed., Christmas Carols Printed in the 16th Century Including Kele's Christmas Carolles Newly Inprynted. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1932).

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Available in a Middle English font: I shall you tell this ylke nyght

And see: The Holy Marter Steven We Pray (Richard Greene)

(Initial stanzas missing from source?)

Ble~~yd Stephan we the praye

Pro nobis preres funde

I shall you tell this ylke nyght

Of ~aynt Stephan goddes knyght

He tolde the Jewes that it was ryght

That Cry~t was borne of a mayde

    Ble~~yd Stephan. &c.

 

Then ~ayd the Jewes w grete ~corne

That goddes ~one myght not be borne

Stephan ~ayd ye be forlorne

And all that byleueth on that lay

    Ble~~yd Stephan. &c.

 

This Stephen whan he was mo~t pfyte

In Cry~tes lawe illumynate

The Jewes hym toke with grete dy~pyte

Without the towne to lapidate

    Ble~~yd Stephan. &c.

 

The cur~yd Jewes at the la~t

Stones at Stephan they gan ca~t

They bette hym and bounde hym fa~t

And made his body in foule aray

    Ble~~yd Stephan. &c.

(Concluding stanzas missing from source)

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