The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Listen, Lordings, Unto Me

Version 2; Compare Carol for Christmas Eve (with sheet music)
Listeneth, lordings, both great and small

Words, a Cento of old material. Melody of Westron wynde, when wyll thou blow (Royal App. MS. 58, time of Henry VIII), harmonized by G. R. W.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #89

1. Listen, lordings, unto me!
A tale I shall you tell;
The which upon this night of glee
In David's town befell.

2. Joseph came from Nazareth
With Mary, that sweet Maid:
Aweary were they nigh to death,
And for a lodging pray'd.

3. In the inn they found no room;
A scanty bed was made:
Ere dawn the Fruit of Mary's womb
Was in the manger laid.

4. Forth He came as light through glass;
He came to save us all:
Within the stable ox and ass
Before their Maker fall.

5. Shepherds lay afield that night,
To keep the silly sheep;
An host of Angels in their flight
Came down from heav'n's high steep.

6. “Nowel! Nowel! Unto you
A little Child is born,
More purer than the drops of dew,
And brighter than the morn.”

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Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #89e
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