The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Make We Merry In Hall And Bower,
This Time Is Born Our Saviour

Words: English Traditional, Before 1536
See also Today Hath God Of His Mercie (Weston)
Contrast: Make We Mery In Hall And Bowre (Bliss) and Make we mery in hall and boure (Reed)

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 52.

Make we merry in hall and bower,
This time is born our Saviour.

1. In this timŽ God hath sent
His own Son to be present,
To dwell with us in verament,1
    God that is our Saviour.

2. In this time that is befall,
A Child was born in an ox-stall,
And after He died for us all,
    God that is our Saviour.

3. In this time an angel bright,
Met three shepherds upon a night,
He bade them go anon right,
    God that is our Saviour.

4. In this timŽ now pray we,
To Him that died for us on Tree,
On us all to have pity.
    God that is our Saviour.


1. In verity. Return

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