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AYE AND THEREFORE BE MERRY




A virgin most pure,
as the prophets do tell,
Hath brought forth a Baby,
as it hath befell,
To be our Redeemer from death,
hell and sin,
Which Adam’s transgression
has wrappèd us in.

And therefore be merry,
set sorrow aside;
Christ Jesus our Savior
was born on this tide.



At Bethlehem city,
in Jewry it was
Where Joseph and Mary
together did pass,
And there to be taxed,
with many one more,
For Cæsar commanded
the same should be so.

And therefore be merry,
set sorrow aside;
Christ Jesus our Savior
was born on this tide.



But, when they had entered
the city so fair
A number of people
so mighty was there,
That Joseph and Mary,
whose substance was small,
Could get in the city
no lodging at all.

And therefore be merry,
set sorrow aside;
Christ Jesus our Savior
was born on this tide.



Then were they constrained
in a stable to lie,
Where oxen and asses
they used to tie;
Their lodging so simple,
they held it no scorn,
But against the next morning
our Savior was born.

And therefore be merry,
set sorrow aside;
Christ Jesus our Savior
was born on this tide.



The King of all glory
to this world being brought,
Small store of fine linen
to wrap Him was sought,
When Mary had swaddled
her young Son so sweet,
Within an ox manger
she laid Him to sleep.

And therefore be merry,
set sorrow aside;
Christ Jesus our Savior
was born on this tide.



Then God sent an angel
from heaven so high,
To certain poor shepherds
in fields where they lie,
And bade them no longer
in sorrow to stay,
Because that our Savior
was born on this day.

And therefore be merry,
set sorrow aside;
Christ Jesus our Savior
was born on this tide.



Then presently after,
the shepherds did spy
A number of angels
appear in the sky;
Who joyfully talkèd
and sweetly did sing,

And therefore be merry,
set sorrow aside;
Christ Jesus our Savior
was born on this tide.



Three certain wise princes,
they thought it most meet
To lay their rich offerings
at our Savior’s feet;
Then the Shepherds consented,
and to Bethlehem did go,
And when they came thither,
they found it was so.

And therefore be merry,
set sorrow aside;
Christ Jesus our Savior
was born on this tide.



To teach us humility
all this was done,
And learn we from thence
haughty pride for to shun:
A manger His cradle
Who came from above,
The great God of mercy,
of peace and of love.

And therefore be merry,
set sorrow aside;
Christ Jesus our Savior
was born on this tide.


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LYRICS
Meter: 11 11 11 11 with refrain
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1734,1822,1833
      Bible Refs: Is 7:14;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1919# 1001
      1960# 1003
      1983# 93
      1954# 128
      MUSIC
      Name: A VIRGIN MOST PURE
      Meter: 11 11 11 11 with refrain
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1833
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        11 11 11 11 with refrain
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