The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Of The Birth Of Christ

Words: Miles Cloverdale, 1487-1568

Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), pp. 192-3

1. Now blessed be Thou, Christ Jesu,
Thou art man born this is true
The angels made a merry noise,
Yet have we more cause to rejoice,

2. The blessed Son of God only,
In a crib full poor die lie,
Without our poor flesh and our poor blood,
Was clothed that everlasting good,

3. He that made heaven and earth of nought,
In our flesh hath our health brought,
For our sake made He Himself full small,
That reigneth Lord and King over all,

4. Eternal light doth now appear,
To the world both far and near,
It shineth full clear even at midnight,
Making us children of his light,

5. The Lord Christ Jesus, God's Son dear,
Was a guest and a stranger here,
Us for to bring from misery,
That we might live eternally,

6. Into this world right poor came He,
To make us rich in mercy,
Therefore would he our sins forgive,
That we with Him in heaven might live,

7. All this did He for us freely,
For to declare His great mercy;
All christendom be merry therefore,
And give Him thanks ever more,

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