The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The second person in Trinitiť

For Christmas and For New Year

Words and Music: Traditional English
(From MS. Cott. Vesp. A. xxv. p. 172, r0, imperfect at the end)

Source: Thomas Wright, Specimens of Old Christmas Carols Selected from Manuscripts and Printed Books (London: The Percy Society, 1841)

Praise we the Lord that haith no peare,
And thanke we hym for this new yere!

The second person in Trinitiť,
Man to restore to lybertie,
The shape of hym to tak certaine
Dyd not refusse, but was full fayne.

On earthe he teached many a yere,
Willing mankinde for to forebeare
When he were up to fall againe,
And then of hym he would be faine.

When he had taught and preched longe,
He choysse out twelff our selves amonge,
To whom he would gyve knowledg plaine,
To teache the truth, which maid them faine.

When he had wrought thus for our sake,
His deth full mekely did he take,
His hart with speare was rent in twaine,
Man to reedeme he was so faine.

But all this same we do forgett,
By hym right nought that we do sett,
From synne we wyll no whatt refraine,
To love the world we be so faine.

Let hus take up ourselves in tyme,
From darknes let hus seke to clyme,
Or that our bodye by dethe be slaine,
Our Lord we let ----------
He be faie----------

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