The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now ye Crystemas y-cum

Words and Music: Traditional English
(From MS. Harl, 541, fol. 214. r0, written in the reign of Henry VII.)

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

See: The Three Kings / I Would Now Sing For

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Now ye Crystemas y-cum
Fadyr and son togedyr in oon,
Holy Goste, as ye be oon,
                    in fere-a,
God sende us a good n[e]w yere-a.

I wolde yow synge for and I mygȝhgt,
Off a chylde ys fayre in syghgȝt,
Hys modyr hym bare thys yndyrs hyghȝt
                    so stylle-a,
And as yt was hys wylle-a.

There cam .iij. kynges fro Galylee
Into Bethleem that fayre cytee,
To seke hym that ever shulde be
                    a ryghȝt-a
Lorde and kynge and knyghȝt-a

As they cam forth with there offrynge,
They met with Herode that mody kynge,
                    Thys tyde-a,
And thys to them he sayde-a.

"Off wens be ye, yow kynges .iij.?"
"Off the Este, as ye may see,
To seke hym that ever shulde be
                    by ryghgȝt-a
Lorde and kynge and knyghȝt-a."

"Wen yow at thys chylde have be,
Cum home aȝeyne by me,
Telle me the syghȝtes that yow have see,
                    I praye yow;
Go yow no nodyr way-a."

They toke her leve both olde and yonge
Off Herode that mody kynge;
They went forth with there offrynge
                    by lyghȝth-a,
By the sterre that shoone so bryghȝt-a.

Tyll they came in to the place
There Jhesu and yhs modyr was,
Offryd they up with grete solace
                    in fere-a
Golde and sense and hyrre-a.

The fadyr of hevyn an awngylle down sent,
To thyke .kkj. kynges that made presente
                    thys tyde-a,
And thys to them he sayd-a.

"My lorde have warnyd yow everychone,
By Herode kynge yow go not home;
For and yo do, he wylle you slone
                    and strye-a,
And hurte yow wondyrly-a."

Forth them wente thys kynges .iij.,
Tylle they came home to there cuntré.
Glade and blyth they were alle .iij.
Off the syghȝtes that they had to see,
The cumpany was clene-a.

Knele we now here a-down,
Pray we in good devocioun
To the kynge of grete renow,
                    of grace-a,
In hevyn to have a place-a.


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