The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Of ~ayne Steuen goddes knyght

Of saynt Steuen
Celebrating Saint Stephen, first of the Martyers.
Also see
Hymns to St Stephen

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In a Middle English font: Of sayne Steuen goddes knyght

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).

To ~aynt Steuen wyll we pray

To pray for vs both nyght and day

Of ~ayne Steuen goddes knyght

That preched y^ fayth day & nyght

He tolde the Jewes as it was ryght

That Chry~t was borne of a may.

 

The Jewes ~ayd in grete ~corne

That Chri~t was not of a mayde borne

That ~ayd Steuen ye are but lorne

And all that beleue in your lay.

 

Now is ~pronge the welle of lyfe

Of Mary moder mayde and wyfe

Therfore the Jewes fell at ~tryfe

And with ~teuen than dy~puted they.

 

A.iii.

The wycked Jewes at the la~t

Stones at Steuen they gan ca~t

His hed and armes they all to bra~t

And made his body in foule aray.

 

Steuen that was full mylde of mode

Thought he were all reed in blode

In his prayers ~tyll he ~tode

And cryeng to good thus he dyde ~ay

 

Lorde god for thy myghtfull grace

Forgyue the Jewes theyr tre~pace

And gyue theym grace to ~e thy face

In the Joye that la~teth aye.

 

To heuen he loketh ~oone on hye

To the father and ~one truly

And to the holy goo~t he gan cry

    Receyue my ~oule I the pray.

 

God receyued his boone anone

Downe came aungeles many one

They toke his ~oule & to heuen dyd gone

To bly~~edne~~e that la~teth ay.

 

To that bly~~e that is ~o goode

Jheiu that dyed vpon the roode

Graunt vs for his precyous bloode

Our ~aluacyon at domes day.

                    Finis.

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