The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Make we mery in hall and boure

For the Circumcision.

Words: Middle English Traditional
in Old Blackletter font: Make we mery in hall and boure
Compare: Make We Mery In Hall And Bowre (Bliss)
Contrast: Make We Merry In Hall And Bower (Rickert) and Today Hath God Of His Mercie (Weston)

Source: Edward Bliss Reed, ed., Christmas Carols Printed in the 16th Century Including Kele's Christmas Carolles Newly Inprynted. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1932).

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De Circumcisione domini

To encrease our ioy and blysse,
Christus natus est nobis

Make we mery in hall and boure
And this gloryous lady honor we
That to vs hath borne our sauyour
    Home sine femine
        To encrease. etc.

For as the sonne that shyneth bryght
Perceth no glas that we may se
So conceyued she Jesu full of myght
    Cum virginitatis honore
        To encrease. etc.

Isay prophecyed longe beforne
How this Emanuel borne sholde be
To saue his people that were forlorne
    Dux exurget regere

We were all in great dystresse
Tyll this lorde dyd make vs free
Wherof this feste beryth wytnes
    Uenit nos redimere
        To encrease. etc.

A token of loue he fyrst now shewed
That he on vs wolde haue pytye
Whan he for vs was crucyfed
    Ut declaratur hodie.
        To encrease. etc.

Most gloryous lady we the pray
That bereth the crowne of chastyte
Brynge vs to the blysse that lasteth aye
    Feliciter congaudere
        To encrease. etc.


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