Hail Mary Full Of Grace – English 15th Century

The Annunciation (Matins)from a Books of Hours dated 1460 and now in the University of Glasgow's Special Collection Folios 48v-49. Books of Hours (Horæ) were compendiums of prayers and devotional texts designed to be used by ordinary people. They were extremely popular and very widespread they were produced in large numbers for around 350-375 years from the late thirteenth century until the mid sixteenth century. Beautifully produced and illustrated many of them became family heirlooms and were handed down from generation to generation.

The Annunciation (Matins)from a Books of Hours dated 1460 and now in the University of Glasgow’s Special Collection Folios 48v-49. Books of Hours (Horæ) were compendiums of prayers and devotional texts designed to be used by ordinary people. They were extremely popular and very widespread they were produced in large numbers for around 350-375 years from the late thirteenth century until the mid sixteenth century. Beautifully produced and illustrated many of them became family heirlooms and were handed down from generation to generation.

Carols emerged in England during the Middle Ages they were related in form to the French dance songs called Caroles and were either in Latin, or English, or were macaronic – a mix of the two. Their structure was both distinctive and rigid with the singers alternating between a refrain called the "burden" and stanzas and could be on any subject, but were mostly about the Virgin or the Saints of Christmas for example:

To blis God bryng us all and sum
Christe Redemptor omnium.

1. In Bedlem, in that fayer cyte,
A chyld was born of Owr Lady,
Lord and Prynce that he shuld be
A solis ortus cardine.

To blis God bryng us all and sum
Christe Redemptor omnium.

2. Chyldren were slayn grett plente,
Jhesu, for the love of the;
Lett us neuer dampned be.
Hostes Herodes ympie.

To blis God bryng us all and sum
Christe Redemptor omnium.

In Medieval England devotion to the Virgin Mary was particularly strong and many Christmas carols such as the English language version of the Ave Maria that you can hear below dealt with her and her role as Christ’s mother. Enjoy :-).

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Hail Mary Full Of Grace – English 15th Century

Performers: Schola Antiqua of Chicago

Sopranos: Laura Lynch, Stephanie Sheffield
Tenors: Matthew Dean, Andrew Fredel, Keith Murphy, Frank Villella
Baritones: William Chin, Luciano Laurentiu, A. Peter Olson Jr.
Basses: Jack Parton, Wilbur Pauley
Director: Michael Alan Anderson

Text: Hail Mary, full of grace

Burden (refrain): Hail Mary, full of grace,
Mother in virginity.

The Holy Ghost is to thee sent
From the Father omnipotent,
Now is God within thee went,
When the angel said “Ave.”

When the angel Ave began,
Flesh and blood together ran;
Mary bore both God and man,
Through vertu and pure dignity.

So saith the gospel of Saint John:
God and man is made but one,
In flesh and blood, body and bone,
One God in personës three.

And the Prophet Jeremy
Told in his prophecy
That the Son of Mary
Should die for us on roodë tree.

Muchë joy to us was grant
And in the earthë peace y-plant,
When that born was this Infant
In the land of Galilee.

Mary grant to us thy bliss
There thy Sonnës woning is;
Of that we han done amiss
Pray for us pour charité

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