The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Wolcum be thu, hevene kyng

For Christmas

Words and Music: Traditional English
(From the MS. Sloane, No. 2593, fol. 79, ro, written about the time of Henry VI.)

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

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Wolcum ol, thu mery man,
In worchepe of this holy day.

Wol be thu, hevene kyng,
Wolcum, born in on morwenyng,
Wolcum, for home we xal syng,
                            wolcum ol.

Wolcum be e, Stefne and Jon,
Wolcum, Innocentes everychon,
Wolcum, Thomas marter on,
                            wolcum ol.

Wolcum be e, good newe ere,
Wolcum, tweltye day both in fere
Wolcum, seyntes lef and dere,
                            wolcum ol.

Wolcum be e, Candylmesse,
Wolcum be e, qwyn of blys,
Wolcum bothe to more and lesse,
                            wolcum ol.

Wolcum be e that arn here,
Wolcum, alle, and mak good chere,
Wolcum, alle, another ere,
                            wolcum ol.

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Also found in Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (London: Printed by Richards for The Warton Club, 1856), Hymn LXVII, pp. 93-94.


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