The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

This Tyme Is Born A Chyld Ful Good

For Christmas

Words and Music: Traditional English

British Museum. MS. Sloane 2593, fol. 75, r0. XV Century.

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

This carol requires the installation of the "Junicode" font for best display.
You can obtain a copy of this font from Old English at the University of Virginia, or right click here, and then select "Save File As" to save a copy of the zipped file to your computer. See notes in F A Q.

Note: Because Middle English contains letters not found in modern English, I've used a special font, "Junicode" created by Professor Peter S. Baker, Professor of English, University of Virginia on some pages.  I will note on the individual carol's page which ones need this font. You can obtain a copy of this font from his website Old English at the University of Virginia (select "Windows TrueType," or right click here, and then select "Save File As" to save a copy of the zipped file to your computer).  This font must be downloaded and installed before these pages will display accurately.

Note: Because Middle English contains letters not found in modern English, I've used a special font, "Junicode" created by Professor Peter S. Baker, Professor of English, University of Virginia on some pages.  I will note on the individual carol's page which ones need this font. You can obtain a copy of this font from his website Old English at the University of Virginia (select "Windows TrueType," or right click here, and then select "Save File As" to save a copy of the zipped file to your computer).  This font must be downloaded and installed before these pages will display accurately.

Compare: Man, Be Merry As Bird On Berry (Rickert)

Man, be merie as bryd on berie, and all thi care let away

This tyme is born a chyld ful good,
He that us bowt upon the rod
He bond the devyl, that is so wod,
    Til the drydful domys-day.

Quan the chyld of meche myȝt
Wold be born of Mary bryȝt,
A token he sent to kynge and knyȝt,
    A sterre that schon bothe nyȝt and day.

The sterre scon as bryȝt as fer,
Over al the wold, bothe fer and ner,
In tokene he was with-outyn per,
    And pereles he xal lastyn ay.

The .viij. day he was circumsise,
For to fulfylle the profecye,
The profetes with wordes wyse
    Hymn present with ryche a-ray.

The .xij. day come kynges thre
Out of the Est, with herte fre,
To worchepyn hym thei knelyd on kne,
    With gold and myrre and francincens.

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