Omnes gentes plaudite
Music: English Traditional
Compare: Omnes Gentes Plaudite (Rickert)
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Source: 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 XXVII, p. 32.
Omnes gentes plaudite.
I saw myny bryddis setyn on a tre ;
He tokyn here fley3t and flowyn away,
With, Ego dixi, have good day !
Many qwyte federes ha3t the pye :—
I may noon more syngyn, my lyppis arn so drye.
Manye qwyte federis ha3t the swan :—
The more that I drynke, the lesse good I can.
Ley stykkys on the fer, wyl mot is brenne ;
3eve us onys drynkyn er we gon henne.
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