The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Man be mery I the rede

For Christmas

Words and Music: Traditional English
(From MS. Addit. No. 5665, fol. 9, r0)
Also found in
British Museum. MS. Sloane 2593. XV Century.

Source: Thomas Wright, Specimens of Old Christmas Carols Selected from Manuscripts and Printed Books (London: The Percy Society, 1841)

Man be joyfulle and myrth thou make,
For Crist ys made man ffor thy sake.

Man be mery I the rede,
    But be whar what merthis thou make;
Crist ye clothed yn thy wede,
    And he ys made man for thy sake.

He cam ffro hys ffader sete,
    Into this worlde to be thy make;
Man be war how thou hym trete,
    For he ys made man for thy sake.

Loke thou mercy ewyr crye,
    Now and alleway, rathe and late;
And he wille sette the wonder hye,
For he ys made man for thy sake.

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