The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Salvator mundi, Domine

Alternate Title: Alleluia, alleluia, de virgine Maria.

Words and Music: Traditional English, Fifteenth Century

Source: Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century (London: The Percy Society, 1847), Song #13, printed verbatim from a manuscript probably owned by a professional musician, and apparently written in the latter half of the fifteenth century, circa 1471-1485.

Alleluia, alleluia, de virgine Maria.

Salvator mundi, Domine
Fader of hevyn, blessyd thou be,
And thi son that commeth of the,
    De virgine Maria.

Adesto nunc propicius,
He sent hys sonne, swet Jhesus,
A man becam for love us us
    De virginie Maria.

Te, reformator sensuum,
Lytyl and mekyll, mor and sum,
Worshyp that chyld that is cum
    De virginie Maria.

Gloria tibi, Domine,
Thre persons in Trinite,
Worshepe that chyld so fre
    De virginie Maria.


Note from Wright:

Another copy of this short song is found in the Sloane MS. fol. 9, v0.

Versions of this carol on this site include:

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