The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesu, As Thou Art Our Saviour

Words: English Traditional, Fifteenth Century

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pp. 176-7

Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, Jesu,
Save us all through thy virtue.

1. Jesu, as Thou art our Saviour
That Thou save us fro dolour!
Jesu is mine paramour.
    Blessed be Thy name, Jesu.

2. Jesu was born of a may,
Upon Christėmas Day,
She was may beforn and ay,
    Blessed be Thy name, Jesu.

3. Three kingės comen fro Segent,
To Jesu Christ they brought present,
Lord God Omnipotent,
    Save us all through Thy virtue.

4. Jesu died and shed His blood
For all mankind upon the Rood;
He grant us grace of happės1 good,
    I beseech Thee, sweet Jesu.

5. Jesu, for Thy mother's sake,
Keep us fro the fiendės black;
Against Him that we may wake;
    And save us all through Thy virtue.

Note:

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