The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Whom The Sire of Heav'n Begot

Words of a green Kontakion for December 26 translated by G. R. W. Tune of Shall I go walke the woods so wild, first setting by W. Byrde, the second by Dr. John Bull.

Notes and Source: George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #78

1. Whom the Sire of hev'n begot,
When the morning star was not:
To whom no mother there gave birth,
But had no father here on earth,

2. He as man today is seen
Of thy7 substance, Maiden clean:
And this glad tiding from afar
Is told the Wisemen by a star.

3. This too Angels chaunted fain
With the heardmen on the plain:
'O Mary, full of grace, tomorn
Of thee, pure Virgin, God is born.

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Sheet Music from George Ratcliffe Woodward, ed., The Cowley Carol Book For Christmas, Easter, and Ascensiontide, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, ca. 1919), Carol #78
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