Advent Carol: Blessed be that Maid Marie

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This carol dates from at least the mid 1550's and is probably a lot older. It's to be found in William Ballet's Lute Book – a manuscript containing a large number of popular sixteenth century tunes in Trinity College, Dublin's library. Like many old English carols it mingles English and Latin. I've never been able to find a choral performance of it that I like on YouTube (I've never been able to find a recording of it that I like either for that matter), which is a bit surprising as it's a lovely tune that's a relatively well-known and popular piece amongst choirs. What I have been able to find is a very nice performance indeed by the Norwegian lutenist Trond Bengtson. I've included the lyrics below the fold in case you feel like singing along. Enjoy :-).

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Video Source: Blessed be that Maid Marie – YouTube  Uploaded by trolabe on Dec 13, 2009

Lyrics: Blessed be that Maid Marie

Blessed be that Maid Marie;
Born He was of her body;
Very God ere time began,
Born in time the Son of man.

Eya! Ihesus hodie
Natus est de Virgine.

In a manger of an ass
Jesus lay and lulled was;
Born to die upon the Tree
Pro peccante homine.

Eya! Ihesus hodie
Natus est de Virgine.

Sweet and blissful was the song
Changed of the Angel throng,
"Peace on earth," Alleluya.
In excelsis gloria.

Eya! Ihesus hodie
Natus est de Virgine.

Fare three Kings from far-off land,
Incense, gold and myrrh in hand;
In Bethlehem the Babe they see,
Stelle ducti lumine.

Eya! Ihesus hodie
Natus est de Virgine.

Make we merry on this fest,
In quo Christus natus est;
On this Child I pray you call,
To assoil and save us all.

Eya! Ihesus hodie
Natus est de Virgine.

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