The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Man to redeme and not angell

Words and Music: Traditional English
(From MS. Cotton. Vesp. A. xxv. fol. 139, v0)

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

Then may we joie in unitie,
And thanke the holie Trinitie.

Man to redeme and not angell
In heaven wrought by dyvine consell,
    For what encheson,
    Then heare my reason;
Angell fell by no suggesture,
And man by angell decepture
    Disceit and falles treason.

                    Then may, etc.

Ye know that angell of substance
Shuld be stronge with-oute variance;
    And whie not man?
    I shall shew than:
Man was maid of flesh unpoure,
Weak and feble, sone to alure,
    For that mercye whan.

                    Then maye, etc.

Against the father Adam sind;
And Eve against the sonne, I find;
    In whom angell,
    I shall you tell;
Against the holye gost commite,
Which shall in no worlde remite,
    Be ever be in hell.

                    Then maye, etc.

Angell subvented rristelie, (?)
And sad  eritis sicut dii,
    For what intent
    Man to subvent,
And make all Adam seed to die;
But Christ again upon a tre,
    His blessid blood spent.

                    Then may, etc.

Where angell said and maid a lye,
Nequaquam moriemini,
    How did it pass,
    As God wylle was;
.V. thowsand yeare all went to hell,
To leise man Christe toke fleshe and fell,
    This good Christenmas.

                    Then maye, etc.

I pray yow all that loves the Lord,
Joie in Christ birthe in one accorde,
    So shall it be;
    Then we agre,
And thanke the Lord bothe now and then,
Together lyve like christenge men
    In charitie.

                    May may, etc.

                    Above the fiere,

                    I you desyre.


Note: The question mark in the fourth paragraph was inserted by Mr. Wright.

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