The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Radix Iesse Simplices

For Advent

A hymn based on one of the seven Great Advent Antiphons.
See: Notes on the Great O Antiphons and Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Source: Bernhard Fehr, "Die Lieder der MS. Add. 5665 (Ritson's Folio-Ms.)," ff. 19v-20 (c. 1460-1510), from Alois Brandl und Adolf Tobler, eds., Archiv Fur Das Studium Der Neueren Sprachen Und Litteraturen, LIV. Jahrgang. CVI. Band (Der Neuen Serie VI. Band) (Braunschweig, 1901), p. 268.
This manuscript is in the British Library.

    Ņ radix iesse simplices
te nos inuocamus
Veni vt nos liberes
quem iam expectamus.

    O of iesse thow holy rote
that to thi pepill arte syker merke
We calle to the be thow our bote
In the that we gronde all owr werke.

    Thy lands ys exalted by lords and kynges
No man to pryse the may suffice
Off the spryngith vertu and all gode thyngs
Come and delyuer vs fro owre malice.

    Off the may no malice growe
That žou thy selue arte pure godenesse
In the be rotedde what we showe
And graunte ows blisse after owr decesse.

MS Addit 5665, folio 19v


A copy of this carol is also reproduced in Richard Leighton Greene, The Early English Carols (Oxford: at the Clarendon Press, 1935), #1, p. 3.


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