Mary moder come and ~e
In Blackletter; in a Middle English font: Mary moder come and se
From MS. Sloan 2593, fol. 70, r0; see Mary moder, cum and se - Thomas Wright.
A similar carol is found in the Bodleian Library. MS. Eng. Poet. e. 1. XV Century; seeMary modyr, cum and se - Version 2 - Greene, 1962
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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Gaudeams ~unge we, I hoc ~acro tpe?
Peur nobis natus en ex Maria virgine
Mary moder come and ~e
Thy ~one is nayled on a tre
Hande and fote he may not go
His body is wrapped all in wo
Upon a tre nayled he is
To brynge vs all to heuen bly~~
For Adam that dyde ainy~~e
For an aple that was ~o fre
From his heed vnto his too
His ~kynne is torne and fle~~he al~o
His body is bothe wanne and blo
And nayled he is on a tre
Thy louely ~one that thou ha~t borne
Is crowned with a crowne of thorne
To ~aue mankynde that was but lorne
And brynge man but to his liberte
Whan Johan this tale began to tell
Mary wolde no lenger dwell
But went amonge the Jewes fell
Where ~he myght her ~one ~e
My ~wete ~one that arte me dere
Why hange~t thou on rode here
Thy hede is wrythen all in a brere
Louely ~one what may this be.
Moder to Johan I the betake
Johan kepe this woman for my ~ake
On rode I am emendes to make
For ~ynfull man as ye may ~e.
This game of loue I mu~t play
For mannes ~oule it is no nay
There is no man that goth by the way
But on my body he may haue pyte
This payne y^ men haue me wrought
For ~ynfull ~oules I haue it bought
Of all this ~merte yet rewe I nought
If man wolde be kynde to me.
My blode coleth my fle~he doth fall
I am athry~t after drynke I call
They gyue me ey~yll menged with gall
A wors drinke may there be none.
Fader my ~oule to the I betake.
My body dyeth for mannes ~ake
To hell I mu~t withouten make
Mankynde for to make fre
God that deyed for vs all
Borne of a mayde in an oxe ~tall
Graunt vs his realme cele~tyall
Amen, amen, for charyte.
Versions of this carol found on this web site:
Mary moder come and se (in Old Blackletter) (Bliss, 1932)
Mary modyr, cum and se - Version 2 - Greene, 1962 (this page)