The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lullay my chyld and wepe no more

Words and Music: Traditional English

Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #14, printed verbatim from a manuscript probably owned by a professional musician, and apparently written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, circa 1471-1485.

Versions on this web site:
Lullay, My Child, And Weep No More (Rickert)

Lullay, My Child, And Wepe No More (Chambers & Sidgwick), with note.
Lullay, my chyld, and wepe no more - Thomas Wright

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Lullay, my chyld, and wepe no more,
    Slepe and be now styll;
The kyng of blys thi fader ys,
    As it was hys wyll.

This endrys ny3t I saw a sy3th,
    A mayde a cradyllkepe,
And ever she song and seyd among,
    Lullay, my child, and slepe.

I may not slep, but I may wepe,
    I am so wo begone;
Slep I old, butt I am colde,
    And clothys have I none.

Me thou3t I hard, the chyld answard,
    And to hys moder he sayd,
My moder der, what do I her,
    In crybbe why am I layd.

I was borne and layd beforne
    Bestys, both ox and asse.
My moder myld, I am thi chyld,
But he my fader was.

Adams gylt this man had spylt,
    That syn grevyt me sore;
Man, for the her shal I be
    Thyrty wynter and mor.

Dole it is to se, her shall I be
    Hang upon the rode,
With baleis to-bete, my woundes to-wete,
    And 3effe my fleshe to bote.

Her shal I be hanged on a tre,
    And dye as it is skyll;
That I have bou3t lesse wyll I nou3t,
    It is my faders wyll.

A spere so scharp shall perse my herte,
    For dedys that I have done.
Fader of grace, where thou hase
    Forgetyn thy lytyll sonne.

Withoutyn pety her shall aby,
    And mak my flese al blo.
Adam i-wys, this deth it ys
    For the and many mo.

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