Make We Merry This New Year,
Thanking God With Hearty Cheer
Words: English Traditional, Before 1529
Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pp. 31-2.
1. Gabriel, brighter than the sun,
Graciously greeted that maiden free;
Through her meekness Christ have we found,
Ecce ancilla Domini.
2. Ave Maria, virgin bright,
We joyeth of thy virginity;
The Holy Ghost is on thee light,
Thou hast conceived thy Son so free.
3. Now is that maidė gret with child,
Herself alone also credibly;
Fro the fiend she shall us shield;
So sayeth books in their story.
According to Rickert, Ecce ancilla Domini is translated as "Lo, the handmaiden of the Lord."
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