The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Man, Be Glad In Hall And Bower,
This Time Was Born Our Saviour

Words: English Traditional, Fifteenth Century

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pp. 47-8

1. In this time Christ1 hath us sent
His own Son in present,
To dwelle with us verament,
    To be our help and succour.

2. In this time rose a star clear,
Over Bethlehem, as bright as fire,
In token that He had no peer,
    Lord God, king and emperor.

3. In this time it is befall,
He that diŽd for us all,
Born he was in ass's stall,
    Of Mary, that sweet flower.

4. In this time came three kings,
They came fro far with richŽ things,
For to make their offerings,
    On their knees with great honour.

5. In this timŽ pray we
To Him that diŽd on the Tree,
On us have mercy and pity,
    And bring us all to His tower.


1. For God. Return

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