The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Mary moder, meke and mylde

For Christmas

Words and Music: Traditional English
The British Museum. MS. Sloan 2593, fol. 57, r0

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

Versions on this site:
Mary Modr, Meke & Mylde (Sandys, 1833)
Mary moder, meke and mylde - Thomas Wright
Mary Mother, Meek And Mild (Rickert)

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Nowell el el el el el el el el el el,
Mary was gret with Gabriel

Mary moder, meke and mylde,
Fro schame and synne that
§e us schyllde,
For gret on grownd
§e gon with childe,
                    Gabriel nuncio

Mary moder, be not a-dred,
Jhesu is in
§our body bred,
And of
§our bryst he wil be fed,
                    cum pudoris lilio

Mary, moder, the frewit of the
For us was naylid on a tre,
In hevene is now his magestÚ,
                    fulget resurrexcio (or: resurreccio)

Mary moder, the thredde day
Up he ros, as I
§ow say,
To helle he tok the ry
§te way,
                    motu fertur proprio.

Mary moder, after thin sone
Up thou steyist with hymn to wone,
The aungele wern glad quad thou were come,
                    in celi palacio.

Also found in Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (London: Printed by Richards for The Warton Club, 1856), Hymn XXIV, p. 29.

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