Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature Middle English Lyrics

Middle English Lyrics | Texts of Lyrics | Essays and Articles | Web Links | Books for Study | Music Recordings | Discussion Forum



Seventeenth Century

Eighteenth Century



Adoration of the Magi, from a Medieval manuscript in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, 15th c.

Sing we Yule

        Make we mirth
        For Christes birth,
        And sing we Yole till Candlemess.

The first day of Yole have we in mind
How God was man born of our kind,
For he the bondes wold unbind
Of all our sinnes and wickedness.

The second day we sing of Stephen,
That stoned was, and steyed up even1
To God that he saw stond in Heven,
And crowned was for his prowess.

The third day longeth to Sent John,
That was Christes darling, derer none,
Whom he betok, whan he shuld gon,
His moder der for his clenness.2

The fourth day of the children yong
That Herowd to death had do with wrong.3
And Christ they coud non tell with tong,
But with their blod bar him witness.

The fifth day longeth to Sent Thomas,
That as a strong piller of bras,
Held up the Chirch and slain he was,
For he stod with rightwesness.

The eighth day tok Jesu his name,
That saved mankind fro sin and shame,
And circumcised was for no blame
But for ensample4 of mekness.

The twelfth day offered to him kinges three
Gold, myrrh and cence, thes giftes free:5
For God and man and King was he,
Thus they worshipped his worthiness.

On the fortieth day cam Mary mild
Unto the temple with her child
To shew her clen that never was filed,6
And therwith endeth Christmes.

1. Ascended directly.
2. To whose care, when he had to go, he entrusted his dear mother, for his purity.
3. The Slaughter of the Innocents.
4. ensample, example.
5. cence, incense; free, generous.
6. filed, defiled.


Medieval English Lyrics. R. T. Davies, Ed.
Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1991. 167-8.

Backto Middle English Lyrics
Backto Luminarium Main
Backto Middle English Literature

Site copyright ©1996-2018 Anniina Jokinen. All Rights Reserved.
This page created by Anniina Jokinen on July 3, 2009. Last updated November 21, 2018.


Middle English Literature
Geoffrey Chaucer
John Gower
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
William Langland / Piers Plowman
Julian of Norwich
Margery Kempe
Thomas Malory / Morte D'Arthur
John Lydgate
Thomas Hoccleve
Paston Letters
Medieval Plays
Middle English Lyrics
Essays and Articles

Medieval Cosmology

Historical Events and Persons

Hundred Years' War (1337-1453)
Edward III
Edward, Black Prince of Wales
Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster
Edmund of Langley, Duke of York
Thomas of Woodstock, Gloucester
Richard of York, E. of Cambridge
Richard II
Henry IV
Edward, Duke of York
Henry V
Thomas, Duke of Clarence
John, Duke of Bedford
Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester
Catherine of Valois
Charles VII, King of France
Joan of Arc
Louis XI, King of France
Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy

The Wars of the Roses (1455-1485)
Causes of the Wars of the Roses
The House of Lancaster
The House of York
The House of Beaufort
The House of Neville

Henry VI
Margaret of Anjou

Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York
Edward IV
Elizabeth Woodville
Edward V
Richard III
George, Duke of Clarence

More at Encyclopedia and at
Additional Medieval Sources    

Search | Luminarium | Encyclopedia | Letter from the Editor | Bookstore | Poster Store | Discussion Forums | Search