Alternate Title: I Would Now Sing For And I Might
For The Epiphany
Words: English Traditional
Harleian MS, No. 541, fol. 214, ro
1. I would now sing for and I might,
Of a child so fair to sight,
A Virgin bore this winterís night,
There came three Kings from Galilee,
To Bethlehem that fair citie,
To see Him that should ever be,
Lord, and King, and Knight-a,
Lord, and King, and Knight.
2. As they went with their offering
They met Herod that stern King;
He askíd them of their coming
"From whence come ye, ye monarchs three?"
"From the East as you may see!
To seek Him that should ever be,
Lord, and King, and Knight-a
Lord, and King, and Knight."
3. "When you unto this child have been,
Come you home this way again,
And tell me all that ye have seen,
Of Herod then that moody King,
Both old and young their leave taking,
Forth went they with their offering,
Led by a star so bright-a,
By a star so bright.
4. Till they came to that blissful place,
Where Jesus with His Mother was,
They worshipíd there with great solace,
And when they had their offering made,
According as the Lord them bade,
Of all the treasures that they had,
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrah-a,
Frankincense and Myrrh.
5. Anon, as on their way they went,
God the Lord an angel sent
To those three Kings that made present,
The Lord doth warn you evíry one
To go not by King Herod home,
For if we do ye are undone,
And woe will come full soon-a,
Woe will come full soon.
6. So forth they went another way,
Through the might of God that day
And did the angel to them say,
When they were come to their countree,
so glad and merry were all three
To tell the sight that they did see
By that starís shining light-a,
That starís shining light.
7. Now let us kneel all here adown,
To that Lord of great renown,
Who worthy is to wear the crown,
Now is the time of Christmas come,
the Father, who, now with the Son,
And with the Holy Ghost, is One,
Send us a good new year-a
Send us a good new year.
Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
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Now ye Crystemas y-cum (Wright, 1841)
Now ys Crystemas y-cum (Sandys, 1852)
Now Is Christmas Ycome (Rickert, 1910)
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