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CHRIST'S NATIVITY

W. Dunbar

Now gladdeth every living creáture,

With bliss and comfortable gladnéss,

The heaven's King is clad in our natúre,

Us from the death with ransom to redress;

The lamp of joy, that chases all darknéss,

Ascended is to be the world's11world's, a dissyllable light,

From every bale22bale, sorrow our boundés33boundes, apparently boundaries of the earth for to bliss,

Born of the glorious Virgin Mary bright.

Above the radiant heaven ethereal,

The Court of Stars, the course of sun and moon,

The potent Prince of Joy Imperial,

The high surmounting Emperor abone44abone, above,

Is coming from His mighty Father's throne

In55in earth, to earth, with an inestimable light,

And praised66after praised, is omitted of angels with a sweet intone;

Born of the glorious Virgin Mary bright.

Who ever in earth heard so blythe a story,

Or tidings of so great felicity?

As how the garthé77garthe, literally garden; that which contains of all grace and glory,

For love and mercy hath ta'en humanity;

Maker of angels, man, earth, heaven, and sea,

And t' overcome our foe, and put to flight,

Is coming a babe, full of benignity,

Born of the glorious Virgin Mary bright.

The sovereign senior of all celsitude88celsitude, height,

That sits above the order'd Cherabin,

Which all things creat, and all things does include,

That never end shall, never did begin,

But99but, without Whom is naught, from Whom no time does rin1010rin, run,

With Whom all good is, with Whom is every wight,

Is with His wounds come for to wash our sin;

Born of the most chaste Virgin Mary bright.


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