The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

In this tyme a chyld was born

Words and Music: Traditional English
(From MS. Sloan 2593, fol. 74, r0)

Source: Thomas Wright, Specimens of Old Christmas Carols Selected from Manuscripts and Printed Books (London: The Percy Society, 1841)

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Man, be glad in halle and bour,
This tyme wa born our savyour.

In this tyme a chyld was born,
To save tho sowl that wern for-lorn,
For us he werde garlond of thorn,
                All it was for our honour.

The eytende day he was schorn,
To fulfylle the law that was be-forn,
Of meknesse he blew his born.
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Good Fryday was don on rode,
The Jews spyltyn his herte blode,
Mary, his moder, be hym stode;
                ȝe ben our help and our socour.

On Esterne Day he gan up ryse,
To techyn hem that wern on-wyse;
Jhesu, for ȝour woundes five,
                ȝe ben our help and our socour.

On Halwyn Thursday he gan up steye
To his fader, that sit on heye;
Jhesu, for ȝour curteysye,
                ȝe ben our help and our socour.

On Qwytsunday he gan doun sende
Wyt and wysdam us to a-mende;
Jhesu, bryng us to that ende,
                With-outyn delay, our savyour!

Also found in Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (London: Printed by Richards for The Warton Club, 1856), Hymn LVI, pp. 77-78.

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