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Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern


CHRISTMAS CAROLS,


ANCIENT AND MODERN;


INCLUDING


THE MOST POPULAR IN THE WEST OF ENGLAND,

AND THE AIRS TO WHICH THEY ARE SUNG.


ALSO SPECIMENS OF


French Provincial Carols.


WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES


BY

WILLIAM SANDYS, F.S.A.


LONDON:
RICHARD BECKLEY, 42, PICCADILLY.
1833.

CONTENTS.







  Page
Introduction ix
 
Part the First:
Nay iuy, nay, hyt shall not be, I wys 1
When cryst was born of mary fre 2
Wolcū zol þu mery mā 3
Seȳt steuene was a clerk 4
Blyssid be yt mayde mary 6
Mary modr, meke & mylde 7
God sent his Aungell Gabriell 8
This endnes nyght I sawe a syght 11
Meruele nozt, iosep, on Mary mylde 13
Proface, welcom, well come 14
Jhesu of a mayde yu woldest be born 15
The borys hede that we bryng here 16
I am here, syre cristsmasse 17
Herode yt was both wylde & wode 18
The bores heed in hand bring I 19
In Betheleem, that noble place 20
Lordes and ladyes all by dene 21
Marke this songe, for it is trewe 23
I come form heuin to tell 27
Now let vs sing with joy and mirth 30
My sweet little babie 32
Immortal Babe, who this dear day 34
Sweet Musicke, sweeter farre 35
The Boare is dead 37
I sing the birth was born to-night 38
Now, now the mirth comes 39
In numbers, and but these few 41
Tell us, thou cleere and heavenly tongue 42
Give way, give way ye gates and win 44
So now is come our joyful'st feast 46
A jolly wassel bowl 50
All you that to feasting and mirth are inclined 53
Þe ferste joye as i zu telle 58
One God, one Baptisme, and one Fayth 59
 
Part the Second:
A Virgin most pure, as the Prophets do tell 61
A Child this day is born 63
The Lord at first had Adam made 67
The Angel Gabriel from God 69
When righteous Joseph wedded was 71
The first Nowell, the Angel did say 74
When Cæsar Augustus had raised a taxation 78
Joseph being an aged man 78
When Augustus Cæsar throughout 81
All you that are to mirth inclined 84
This new Christmas Carrol 87
Augustus Cæsar having brought 91
When God at first created man 95
Come rejoice, all good Christians 99
God rest you merry, gentlemen 102
When Adam first in Paradise 104
Remember, O thou Man 106
To-morrow shall be my dancing day 110
I saw three ships come sailing in 112
When old Father Jacob was ready to die 114
God bless the master of this house 115
Upon Christmas Day in the morning 117
Come behold the Virgin Mother 119
There is a Child born of our blessed Virgin 122
Joseph was an old Man 123
Saint John, Saint John, was Christ's disciple 126
When bloody Herod reined king 128
When Jesus Christ was twelve years old 130
One God there is, of wisdom, glory, might 133
In those twelve days 135
When Herod in Jerusalem 138
Saint Stephen was an holy man 140
Hark the herald Angels sing 143
Hark, Hark! what news the Angels bring 145
Whilst Shepherds watch'd their flocks by night 147
Hail! ever hail! auspicious morn 148
As it fell out one May morning 149
As I pass'd by a river side 152
The first good joy our Mary had 157
The Moon shines bright and the Stars give a light 159
 
Part the Third
L'An mil siés cens quaranto cinc 161
Guillô, pran ton tamborin 163
Lon de la gran carriere 164
Célébrons la Naissance 167
Quand Dieu naquit à Noël 170
Venés veire din l'estable 172
 
Christmas Play of "Saint George" 174
 
Notes, &c. 179



This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.