In Bethlehem, That Fayre Cite
Words: 15th Century in MS. Ee. 1. 12., f. 1.r., Cambridge University Library
Source: Richard Greene, The Early English Carols, #21D, p. 16.
Synge we now both all and sum:
Christe redemptor omnium.
1. In Bethlehem, that fayre cite,
Born was thys chylde so fayer and fre,
That Lorde and Kyng shal ever be,
A solis ortus cardine.
2. Ryght as the son shynyth on the glasse,
So Chryste Jesu in Owr Lady was;
Hym to sarue God sende vs grade,
O lux beata Trinitas.
3. Cheldren were slayne grete plente,
Jesu Crist, alle for the loue of the;
Lorde, helpe vs y7f thy wyl it be.
Hostis Herodes impie.
4. Now ys he boren of Owr Lady,
The Son of the Father that sytthyt at hye;
For owr synnys cry we all mercy,
Jesu saluator seculi.
The popularity of this carol can be seen by its appearance in an unusually large number of 15th century manuscripts including
Trinity College Library, O. 3. 58. (James, No. 1230)
Nowel Sing We Now All And Sum (Chambers & Sidgwick, Trinity College Library, O. 3. 58. (James, No. 1230)
Balliol 354, Richard Hill's Comonplace Book, Balliol College, Oxford
To blis God bryng us all and sum (Flugel in Anglia XXVI from Ms. 354, f. 222b, Balliol College, Oxford)
Eng. Poet. e. 1., Bodleian Library, Oxford
MS. Ee. 1. 12., f. 1.r., Cambridge University Library
Selden B. 26, Bodleian Library, Oxford
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