The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Man, Be Joyful And Mirth Thou Make,
For Christ Is Made Man For Thy Sake

Words: From the Reign of Henry VII or Henry VIII.


Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pP. 209-10.

Compare: Man be mery I the rede - Thomas Wright

1. Man, be merry, I thee rede,
    But beware what mirths thou make;
Christ is clothėd in thy weed,
    And he is made man for thy sake.

2. He came fro His Father's seat,
    Into this world to be thy make;1
Man, beware how thou Him treat,
    For He is made man for thy sake.

3. Look thou mercy every cry,
    Now and alway, rathe and late;
And He will set thee wonder high,
    For He is made man for thy sake.


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